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insulin resistance symptoms

Discussions about insulin and insulin resistance are ramping up around water coolers and online forums and for good reason.
Problems with insulin are a root cause of some of the most dangerous health conditions.

First, and foremost, insulin functions as a “storage hormone” – telling the body to store incoming nutrients. Too much insulin, a common problem in America, results in rapid weight gain and accelerated aging.

What Happens When Your Insulin Gets Out of Whack?
There are two ways to spike your insulin and start creating problems.

  1. Eat too many carbohydrates too often, especially refined carbs like white bread or pasta, which increase your blood sugar levels dramatically
  2. Eating too many calories at one meal

If you repeat this cycle enough, your pancreas over compensates and produces more insulin which your cells will eventually start to ignore. This is called insulin resistance and is the precursor of Type 2 diabetes.

Signs That You Have Too Much Insulin or Insulin Resistance

  • abdominal obesity (more than 40 in for men and 35 in for women)
  • acne
  • dark patterns on armpits, neck, groin or elbows
  • depression
  • difficulty sleeping
  • elevated triglycerides
  • elevated liver enzymes (fatty liver disease)
  • facial hair (on women)
  • fasting glucose higher than 100 mg/db
  • fatigue
  • gout
  • high blood pressure
  • infertility
  • irregular menstrual cycles
  • low sex drive
  • lowered “good” cholesterol (HDL)
  • obesity

Conditions that are associated with insulin resistance include

  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease
  • hypertension
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • pre-diabetes
  • nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • type II diabetes

What Should You Do If You Have Insulin Resistance?
Lose the weight . Even smaller amounts of weight loss, like 5-7%, can significantly reduce your risk for getting some of the diseases listed above. Reduce your calories and increase your physical activity to help you lose the weight .

Insulin resistance should be a serious concern especially if you are overweight and exhibit any of the symptoms listed above. Consult with your physician and find a weight loss program that is suitable for your needs and health. Losing the weight is your first step in reducing your insulin resistance and reducing your risk for the conditions associated with it.

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partial content from ” Master Your Metabolism ” by Jillian Michaels and InsulinResistanceGuide.com.
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