How insulin resistant are you?

An excerpt from Blood Sugar Blues by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson

Part 1

1.  Do you spend more time than you'd like to worrying about your weight?
(Score 1 for yes, 0 for no)                                                                                _____
2.  Do you feel sleepy or fatigued an hour or two after eating?
(Score 1 for yes, 0 for no)                                                                                _____
3.  Do you experience anxiety or panic attacks?
(Score 1 for yes, 0 for no)                                                                                _____
4. Score 1 point for every symptom you have from the list below
    Abnormal triglycerides or cholesterol levels                                                     _____
    Binge eating, uncontrollable cravings                                                             _____
    Bloating or abdominal gas                                                                            _____
    Chronic fatigue                                                                                           _____
    Chronic indigestion                                                                                      _____
    Depression that comes and goes                                                                  _____
    Food/chemical allergies                                                                                 _____
Gastrointestinal (digestive tract) problems                                                         _____
Heart trouble    (heart attack, congestive heart failure, etc.)                                 _____
Hypertension (high blood pressure)                                                                  _____
Inability to lose weight on a low fat diet                                                             _____
Infertility/irregular menstrual periods                                                                 _____
Irritability when hungry                                                                                    _____
Mental confusion or "brain fog"                                                                         _____
Obesity (20% or more over your ideal weight)                                                    _____
Panic/anxiety attacks                                                                                       _____
    Total Part 1                                                                                                                 _____

Part 2

1.  Measure your waist and hips.  Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement.  
    Women: if the result is .8 or more, score 10 points                                        _____
    Men: if the result is 1.0 or more, score 10 points                                           _____
2.  Give yourself 1 point for every blood relative who has diabetes.                      _____
3.  By how many pounds are you overweight?                                                   _____
4.  Give yourself 1 point for every time you've gone on a diet.                             _____
    Total Part 2                                                                                                                   _____

Total, Parts 1 and 2

Interpreting the results

Part 1: The maximum possible score is 20. The higher your score, the greater the likelihood that you will benefit from the lifestyle changes outlined in this book.

Part 2: There is no maximum score.  If you recorded a 10 in answer to the first question, you are by definition insulin resistant. If you scored the first question as 0 but your total for Part 2 is 15 or more, you have reason to be concerned.  
A total for both parts of 35 or more tells you it's time to take action.

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