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Everything You Need To Know About Insulin Resistance

9/05/2018 Rajesh Rawat 0 Comments



Are your always tired and hungry? Do you have an abnormal amount of belly fat? You may be suffering from insulin resistance. This hidden condition could be a reason that your weight loss journey could be failing. Here we will be taking an in-depth look at insulin resistance, its symptoms, as well as what you can do to improve it. Consumer Health Review is another excellent resource for more information about the latest health-related topics, click here for more information.

Symptoms Of Insulin Resistance

       Fatty liver.
   Carrying excessive amounts of visceral fat. As you gain more fat in your abdomen, your body becomes less efficient at processing insulin.
     Cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.
   Elevated blood sugar. A fasting blood sugar level greater than 97 mg/dL (5.4mmol/L) indicates insulin resistance.
  Greasy skin or acne. When your body loses its ability to process insulin it starts producing more testosterone, which leads to problems with the skin.
       Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
       Non-genetic hair loss in women.
       Skin tags.
       Gout, insulin resistance causes your body to produce an excessive amount of uric acid, which leads to gout.
       High Blood Pressure.
       Swollen ankles, this condition hampers your body’s ability to drain excess sodium and fluids.

What Is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance occurs when the cells in your muscles, body fat and liver are no longer able to process insulin effectively. The cells either resist or ignore the signals that insulin sends to your body. These signals usually tell those cells to remove the glucose from your blood to use it as fuel. When your body does not use the glucose appropriately it is stored as fat in your abdomen.

What Causes Insulin Resistance?

Although there is no definitive answer as to what causes insulin resistance, the experts agree that being overweight and not getting enough exercise are the main culprits. Obesity, especially visceral fat makes hormones and other substances that can contribute to chronic, or long-lasting, inflammation in the body. Inflammation may play a role in insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Who Is At Risk For Developing Insulin Resistance?

       Overweight or obesity
       Age 45 or older
       A close relative such as a parent or sibling with diabetes
       Not being physically active enough
       High blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels and other related health conditions
       A history of gestational diabetes
       A history of heart disease or stroke

What Is The Relationship Between Insulin Resistance And Type 2 Diabetes?

Insulin resistance is the condition that precedes type two diabetes. Research has proven that individuals with type two diabetes and insulin resistance usually display normal levels of insulin in the body until, at some point, their bodies can no longer process insulin appropriately. This puts an intense amount of pressure on the pancreas. The continued strain on this vital organ can cause it to shut down and only function at a snail’s pace. When this happens, you will most likely be diagnosed with type two diabetes.

How Is Insulin Resistance Diagnosed?

When you visit the doctor, it is highly unlikely that they will test for insulin resistance. However, your doctor will most likely do a test to see if you are prediabetic. The results of which will indicate whether or not you suffer from insulin resistance. To determine whether you are prediabetic, your doctor will do a simple blood test on you. Your doctor will most likely recommend that you begin fasting the night before. Then the next morning they will take a small sample of your blood. They then measure the amount of glucose that is present in your blood. A high amount of glucose in your blood after fasting indicates that you suffer from insulin resistance.

How To Cure Insulin Resistance?

Unfortunately, insulin resistance is a condition that is impossible to cure. However, with a few changes to your lifestyle, you may be able to improve your body’s ability to process insulin. The first thing you should do is try to reduce the amount of belly fat you have. To do this you should try to get rid of all the unhealthy carbohydrates and sugars in your diet and make sure to get at least 10,000 steps every day.