Do you know the signs and symptoms of insulin resistance? If you have them, do you know what to do?
If not, learning about insulin resistance is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
Many Americans today consume diets that put their blood sugar out of balance and cause chronic inflammation, which is at the heart of most lifestyle related disease. Along with lack of exercise, these factors can ruin completely your health.
The body has several ways to keep blood sugar within a narrow range so it doesn’t go too high or too low. For the average American, unfortunately, the body must constantly struggle to manage overly high blood sugar.
This is because people consume diets high in sugars, sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates—pasta, white rice, breads, pastries, soda—that quickly spike blood sugar.
Insulin resistance is a sure path toward diabetes and other deadly diseases
When a person eats too many sugary and refined foods on a regular basis, the body overproduces insulin.
Eventually the constant surges of insulin exhaust the body’s cells and they refuse entry to the insulin, which is called insulin resistance. Now insulin can’t escort glucose into the cells to make energy. As a result you feel sleepy after eating.
Also, because glucose can’t get into cells, blood sugar climbs too high. The body lowers it to safer levels by converting excess glucose into fat for storage. This is a demanding process that also leads to fatigue after meals. The excess sugar in the bloodstream also damages blood vessels and the brain.
Insulin resistance is a stepping-stone to Type 2 diabetes, a breakdown in the body’s blood-sugar handling system. Studies show links between insulin resistance and many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.
Reduced uptake of glucose by cells, high triglycerides, and high circulating amounts of sugar in the bloodstream all promote the inflammation and damage that leads to chronic disease. To add insult to injury, people with insulin resistance often feel too tired to exercise, are prone to overeating, and have intense sugar cravings.
10 symptoms of insulin resistance:
1. Fatigue after meals
2. General fatigue
3. Constant hunger
4. Constant craving for sweets
5. Strong desire for sweets after meals
6. Waist girth equal to or larger than hip girth
7. Frequent urination
8. Increased appetite and thirst
9. Difficulty losing weight
10. Migrating aches and pains
How to prevent or reverse insulin resistance
One of the best ways to prevent or manage chronic disease is to eat a diet that stabilizes your blood sugar and reverses insulin resistance. This includes a whole-foods diet free of added sugars and refined carbohydrates, plenty of fiber, and healthy proteins and fats.
Regular exercise is important to increase insulin sensitivity. Certain nutritional and botanical compounds have also been shown to help improve blood sugar handling and manage insulin resistance.
For support in preventing chronic disease and reversing insulin resistance, please contact Dr. Joni Labbe.