The signs of insulin resistance syndrome includes:
- 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 Syndrome Diagnosed?
There is no simple test to diagnose insulin resistance syndrome. Rather, your doctor may suspect the syndrome if you have three of the following:
- 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)
- Low HDL, or “good,” cholesterol level (Less than 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women)
- High blood pressure of 130/85 or higher, or being treated for high blood pressure
- Fasting blood glucose levels of 6mmol/dL 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 is the Treatment for Insulin Resistance Syndrome?
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 of diabetes and heart disease.
The Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement can 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 of diabetes.
Is Insulin Resistance Syndrome Preventable?
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 or metabolic syndrome:
- Exercise. Try 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 correctly. A healthy balanced and caloric restricted diet is recommended.