Key tests to help determine if you are part of the 25% who do not have insulin resistance.
According to Dr. Ted Naiman, the three best tests for determining your personal level of insulin resistance include:
1.) Fasting Insulin Levels (don't confuse this with fasting glucose). Although the average USA adult has a level 8.8, everyone needs to be under 5. Optimum health is a 2 or 3.
2.) Waist-to-Height Ratio. Excellent, simple and free measurement. While fully relaxing your belly, measure your waist at the belly button. Divide your waist measurement by your height measurement, and cross your fingers that the number is 0.5 or less. That is, your waist needs to be half of your height.
3.) Triglycerides to HDL ratio. The more insulin sensitive the lower the triglycerides and the higher the HDL.
Test scores that suggest you are sensitive to Insulin:
Hemoglobin A1c - 5.5 or less
Fasting Insulin - 4 or less
Triglycerides - 70 or less
Blood pressure - 120/80 or less
HDL - 65 or more
Insulin is going down!