What Is Insulin Resistance?
Normally, food is absorbed into the bloodstream in the form of sugars such as glucose and other basic substances. The increase in sugar in the bloodstream signals the pancreas (an organ located behind the stomach) to increase the secretion of a hormone called insulin. This hormone attaches to cells, removing sugar from the bloodstream so that it can be used for energy.
In insulin resistance, the body’s cells have a diminished ability to respond to the action of the insulin hormone. To compensate for the insulin resistance, the pancreas secretes more insulin and therefore people with insulin resistance have high levels of insulin in the blood.
Over time people with insulin resistance can develop high blood sugar levels or diabetes as the high insulin levels can no longer compensate for elevated sugars.
What Are The Signs of Insulin Resistance?
Impaired fasting blood sugar, impaired glucose tolerance, or type 2 diabetes. This occurs because the pancreas is unable to turn out enough insulin to overcome the insulin resistance. Blood sugar levels rise and pre-diabetes or diabetes is diagnosed.
- High blood pressure. The mechanism is unclear, but studies suggest that the worse the blood pressure, the worse the insulin resistance.
- Abnormal cholesterol levels. The typical cholesterol levels of a person with insulin resistance are low HDL, or good cholesterol, and high levels of another blood fat called triglycerides.
- Heart disease. The insulin resistance syndrome can result in atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and an increased risk of blood clots.
- Obesity. A major factor in the development of insulin resistance syndrome is obesity — especially abdominal obesity or belly fat. Obesity promotes insulin resistance and negatively impacts insulin responsiveness in a person. Weight loss can improve the body’s ability to recognize and use insulin appropriately.
- Kidney damage. Protein in the urine is a sign that kidney damage has occurred, although not everyone uses this component to define insulin resistant syndrome.
How Is Insulin Resistance Diagnosed?
There is no simple test to diagnose insulin resistance, but if you have 3 of the following, chances are that you already have insulin resistance.
- A waist size of 100cm or more in men and 88cm or more in women
- Increased levels of triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood)- higher than 2.2mmol/L.
- Low HDL, or “good,” cholesterol level (Less than 1.3mmol/L for men and 1.5mmol/L for women)
- High blood pressure of 130/85 or higher, or being treated for high blood pressure
- Fasting blood glucose levels of 5.5mmol/L or above, or being treated for diabetes
The current epidemic of obesity in children also puts them at risk for the development of insulin resistance syndrome.
What’s the Treatment for Insulin Resistance?
Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight as well as increasing physical activity can help the body respond better to insulin. These lifestyle changes can also reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease. Research shown that the supplement Manna Blood Sugar Support can help to reduce the incidence of diabetes in people at very high risk. But lifestyle changes have been shown to have the greatest benefit for decreasing the risk for diabetes.
Is Insulin Resistance Preventable or can I stop it?
Yes. If you follow a healthy lifestyle, you may be able to prevent insulin resistance syndrome and the associated diseases. Here are some tips to prevent insulin resistance:
- Exercise. Try working up to walking 30 minutes a day for at least five days a week (exercise can be divided into three separate periods of 10 minutes each)
- Get to and maintain a healthy weight
- Eat right. A healthy balanced and caloric restricted diet is recommended.
The easiest way to achieve this is to follow the Manna Weight Loss program in the FREE Weight Loss e-book.
Take 2 Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets with each meal to control cravings and blood sugar levels.