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Hi everyone,

Quick question. What are these symptoms?
  • abdominal weight gain
  • high cholesterol
  • facial hair
  • irregular periods 
  • long bleeds
  • skin tags.
Answer: They're all classic symptoms of *insulin resistance.* Also called hyperinsulinemia, metabolic syndrome, or pre-diabetes.

Do you have insulin resistance? Are you sure?

The test for insulin resistance is NOT a test for glucose. Instead, it's a test for the hormone INSULIN — either as “fasting insulin” or an “oral glucose tolerance test with insulin (the test where you drink a glucose drink). 
If you’re going to have a glucose tolerance test, ask to have it “with insulin” so you can also see your insulin readings!

A healthy “fasting insulin” should be less than 10 mIU/L (60 pmol/L). One and two hours after a sugar challenge, a healthy insulin reading should be less than 60 mIU/L (410 pmol/L). High insulin means you have insulin resistance.

Also, testosterone worsens insulin resistance and weight gain, so you may want to think twice about a testosterone supplement.

Learn more from my two blog posts: 
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