How Insulin Works
The food we eat is absorbed into the blood stream and converted to glucose. When glucose comes into the bloodstream, the pancreas secrets a hormone called insulin. Insulin stimulates the cells so that glucose can be stored as energy for later use.
Definition of Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance occurs when the cells of the body don’t respond to insulin anymore. When this happens, the glucose cannot be stored as energy and therefore it remains in the bloodstream, causing the blood glucose level to rise.
This effect causes the pancreas to release more insulin to cope with the elevated blood glucose levels. Therefore, when blood glucose levels rise because of insulin resistance, insulin levels in the blood also rises and forced the excess glucose to be stored in other places than the cells, as in the stomach area.
What are the Symptoms of Insulin Resistance?
- Inability to concentrate and maintain focus
- High blood sugar
- Intestinal bloating
- Struggle to lose weight and quick to gain weight
- High triglycerides and cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
Major Causes of Insulin Resistance
- A family history of heart disease
- A family history of hypertension
- A family history of diabetes
- Inadequate exercise
- Poor diet
- Being overweight
- Obesity causes insulin resistance. But the insulin resistance also causes weight gain. And this forms a vicious cycle.
- Some of the signature symptoms that bring about insulin resistance include:
- low level of HDL (“good cholesterol”)
- high triglycerides
- high blood pressure (hypertension)
All these symptoms appear at the same time, so it is a bit difficult to know the actual cause. But insulin resistance is a well-known risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Insulin resistance occurs commonly among those suffering from obesity, but people who are not obese may also have it, and they may experience all the medical conditions mentioned earlier.
Effective Treatment for Insulin Resistance
The main objective is to enable the body’s cells to become sensitive to insulin as well as leptin again.
The most effective treatments for insulin resistance are exercise and weight loss.
In addition, treatment is enhanced when the person with this condition follow good health habits. For instance if the person smokes, he should give it up immediately because smoking tobacco or cigarettes worsens the insulin resistance.
Other treatments include medications used to treat diabetes and any other medications prescribed by a physician.
- Dietary Improvements
- Your diet should contain non-starchy vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, Swiss chard, cabbage, cucumber, celery, tomatoes, and dark green lettuce.
- Reduce or eliminate the consumption of sugar and all foods containing sugar or foods which convert to glucose in the body, like: ice cream, bread, potato, chips, pastries, chocolates, cookies and soft drinks, etc.
- Cut down on the use of maple syrup, pasteurized honey, corn syrup with high fructose, molasses and other sweeteners
- Reduce your consumption of fruit juice. The fructose in the juice is absorbed faster into the blood and it raises the blood glucose levels. Instead, you should take whole fruits that contain vitamins, minerals and fiber. These additional ingredients help to reduce the rate of absorption of sugar thereby enabling the body to have sufficient time to secrete enough insulin.
- Consume more omega-3 fatty acids. Good sources include: sardines and wild salmon. Omega-3 makes the body more responsive to insulin. If you can’t obtain these kinds of fish, you should take a good omega-3 supplement.
- Eat smaller meals more often to reduce spikes in your blood sugar level.
- Carefully follow the Manna Diet as described in the free e-book. This easy-to-follow book has several healthy recipes and exercise examples.
- Take Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement which can help to retard the uptake of glucose from the blood stream and therefore cause the blood glucose level to be more stable. Stabilizing blood glucose levels can help to curb food cravings and suppress your appetite. This action in the body also assists the pancreas to release less insulin.
- Cardio exercises reduce the resistance of the cells to insulin. You should do high intensity exercises for about 30 to 45 minutes at least 4 times a week.
- Weight training can also help to increase fat burning and increased metabolism, which can assist insulin sensitivity.