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Insulin Resistance, 2023

Insulin Resistance, 2023

When you consume glucose, your pancreas releases insulin. 

Insulin resistance is a metabolic condition characterized by the body's decreased sensitivity ( a reduced response)  to the hormone insulin. It plays a significant role in the development of various health problems, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. In this blog, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and potential ways to manage insulin resistance.

Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to increased blood glucose levels. Its primary role is to facilitate the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream into the body's cells, where it is used as an energy source. In individuals with insulin resistance, cells become less responsive to insulin, leading to a buildup of glucose in the blood, known as hyperglycemia ( high blood sugar). 

Several factors contribute to the development of insulin resistance. Genetic predisposition, sedentary lifestyle, and poor dietary choices, especially diets high in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats, can increase the risk. Excess weight, particularly around the abdomen, is strongly associated with insulin resistance.

Recognizing the signs of insulin resistance is crucial for early intervention. Common symptoms include fatigue, increased hunger, frequent urination, and difficulty losing weight. However, insulin resistance often presents without noticeable symptoms, making regular check-ups and blood tests essential for detection.

Managing insulin resistance primarily focuses on lifestyle modifications. Regular physical activity, such as aerobic exercise and strength training, helps improve insulin sensitivity. Additionally, adopting a balanced and nutritious diet is essential. Emphasizing whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats while limiting sugary and processed foods, can help regulate blood sugar levels and manage weight.

Weight loss, if necessary, can significantly improve insulin resistance. Losing even a small percentage of body weight can enhance insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, crash diets or extreme calorie restriction should be avoided, as they can worsen insulin resistance.

In some cases, medication may be prescribed to manage insulin resistance. Metformin is a common medication used to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels. However, it should be noted that medication alone is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, and its use should be accompanied by dietary and exercise modifications.

In conclusion, insulin resistance is a metabolic condition that can have serious health implications. Understanding the causes, recognizing the symptoms, and implementing lifestyle changes are key to managing this condition effectively. By adopting a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, individuals can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of complications associated with insulin resistance.

PolyC's helps keep blood sugar levels stable by using cinnamon & inositol. IF you are struggling with IR and its effects, PolyC's can help!

5-17-2023

 

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