What is Insulin Resistance?
Insulin resistance develops when your body does not process insulin correctly, whereas some diabetics do not produce insulin at all.
If you have insulin resistance, you are at increased risk of developing diabetes in the future.
Your body does produce insulin but it doesn’t use it appropriately.
Symptoms of insulin resistance can be similar to those experienced by diabetics.
If you have insulin resistance, you are at increased risk of developing hypertension or heart disease.
Causes of Insulin Resistance
Being obese, having a large waist circumference or having high levels of triglycerides or cholesterol can place you at risk of developing insulin resistance.
Symptoms of Insulin Resistance
It is possible for people with insulin resistance to be completely asymptomatic.
In severe cases, you may develop acanthosis nigricans, a condition that manifests itself as dark skin patches on the back of the neck, knees and knuckles.
High blood lipids, or fat, is another symptom.
- Your doctor can diagnose high blood lipids with a complete blood panel.
- Blurred vision can also signal insulin resistance. Too much glucose, or sugar, in your blood can cause the lens of your eye to swell, distorting vision.
- If you have insulin resistance, you may gain weight and/or struggle to lose weight. This is because your body cannot properly convert glucose to energy and so it is stored as fat.
- Women with insulin resistance may develop irregular menstrual periods,
- excessive hair growth or
- all symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. Insulin resistance is a risk factor for developing PCOS, a condition where a woman develops small cysts along the outside of her ovaries.
Diagnosis of Insulin Resistance
If you suspect that you have insulin resistance, ask that your physician perform a blood test, a fasting glucose test or a glucose tolerance test.
If you have insulin resistance, you are at risk of developing pre-diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years. If you develop pre-diabetes, you are also at higher risk of developing heart disease.
Risk Factors for Insulin Resistance
If you are not physically active, have a family history of diabetes or are currently being treated for hypertension, you are also at greater risk.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome or who have recently given birth to a high birth weight baby are also at greater risk.
Reverse Insulin Resistance the Healthy Way and lose weight
The good news is that insulin sensitivity is a condition that can be reversed. Weight reduction is imperative. Insulin sensitivity can improve just a few days after carbohydrate restriction. Also, increasing your level of physical activity and increasing the amount of dietary fibre you eat each day can also help improve insulin sensitivity.
Reverse Insulin Resistance the healthy way by following the Manna Weight Loss Program as described in the free e-book.
By taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets with each meal you will be able to control blood sugar levels and therefore suppress appetite.