adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby caryn » Wed Feb 21, 2007 01:03 pm

I believe for women, it's .7, and for men, it's .9.

And I just don't put weight on my hips. Even when I was 5'9" and 128 pounds, at a BMI of 18.9, I had a WHR of .82, with a waist of 28" and hips at 34"... [:(] Maybe I'm meant to run a little below the BMI calculator's "normal weight" standards; I'm very fine-boned. Or maybe I need to do more heavy squats and build some more glute muscle!

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby laura » Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:26 am

Well, as Caryn mentioned- some folks (LIKE ME) are apple-shaped- we carry our weight in our midsection rather than bottom, boobs, and thighs. Women who have Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS) also often are insulin resistance.

There is a test for insulin resistance-- now even though I'm an 'apple' and have PCOS I tested negative for insulin resistance. (go figure!)

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby smitty1212 » Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:11 am

Thanks Caryn - another question - how does one know if they are insulin resistant? Is it something you test for, or are there symptoms?

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby blythe » Wed Feb 21, 2007 09:43 am

What's a "healthy" vs. "risk factor" WHR? I'm lazy today [:D].

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby caryn » Wed Feb 21, 2007 00:28 am

Linda,

Basically, in normal pregnancies the mothers get somewhat insulin-resistant, and in preeclamptic pregnancies they get moreso. The jury is still out here, but from what I can tell the research is suggesting that the placenta *causes* insulin resistance, to some extent, in normal pregnancies, and if you're already insulin-resistant, that might mean that pregnancy tips you over the edge that your body can tolerate, and sets you up for complications like PE.

WHR is just an abbreviation for waist-hip ratio, which often gets used as a proxy for a tendency to insulin resistance.

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby emily kates mom » Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:32 pm

I have insulin resistance, and I had PE. This is interesting!

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby smitty1212 » Tue Feb 20, 2007 03:09 pm

OK - this sounds like something I should be interested in, but I don't understand much of what the abstract said or what you guys ar talking about! Forgive me, but can someone simplify it for me please?

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby blythe » Mon Feb 19, 2007 06:53 pm

Oh, and I'm a pear girl, too!

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby blythe » Mon Feb 19, 2007 06:52 pm

With Storm, my 1-hour glucose screen was 82, so I don't think there was any way I was insulin resistant - and he's the baby that was SGA! (If I understand right he doesn't quite qualify for IUGR...) I failed my glucose screen with Chance at 158, but the 3-hour showed me severely hypoglycemic (47). He was the "big" baby. I wonder what they'd make of me [:)].

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Re : adipokines, insulin resistance, abnormal placentas

Postby caryn » Mon Feb 19, 2007 06:22 pm

My OB was convinced that I would turn out to be gestational diabetic, and then a little annoyed when bloodwork showed I wasn't. But I'm sure my case was just a genetic overactive immune system... with a strong family history of chronic htn and a nice case of scalp psoriasis.

However, my WHR is higher than I'd like, and I take off weight from the hips and thighs first, and the breasts and belly last. Not the gynoid fat distribution, for sure.


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