Insulin resistance can affect anyone. In fact, many of our weight patients have non-diabetic insulin resistance which is contributing to their overall difficulty in losing weight.
When we think about insulin resistance, we associate it with people who have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes. However insulin resistance can affect anyone. And in fact, many of our weight patients have non-diabetic insulin resistance which is contributing to their overall difficulty in losing weight with the standard calories in/calories out formula.
For many people, weight gain and insulin resistance are closely tied. Let’s break down insulin resistance and its role in your health.
What is insulin resistance?
Insulin resistance is a condition where the body’s cells become less sensitive to insulin, which is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body. When your body becomes resistant to insulin, your pancreas has to work harder to produce more insulin to keep your blood sugar levels normal. Over time, this can lead to a variety of health problems, including weight gain, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
What causes insulin resistance?
A sedentary lifestyle and a diet high in processed foods and sugar are two of the main factors that contribute to insulin resistance. When you consume too many sugar-laden foods, your pancreas has to work harder to produce more insulin. Over time, this can lead to insulin resistance. Additionally, being inactive can also increase your risk of insulin resistance.
What are the symptoms of insulin resistance?
One of the biggest challenges with insulin resistance is that most people don’t experience any symptoms. However, if you start to notice that you’re more tired than usual, or if you’re having difficulty losing weight, these could be signs that you have insulin resistance.
What is the treatment for insulin resistance?
Treatment for insulin resistance starts with lifestyle changes. Continuous glucose monitoring and adopting a healthy diet low in processed foods and sugar are important first steps you can take to manage insulin resistance, and how we start our patients at Innovative Vitality. In some cases, your healthcare provider may also recommend medications to help manage your blood sugar levels.
If you’re concerned about your risk for insulin resistance, make an appointment with an Innovative Vitality provider. Remember, staying proactive about your health is the key to a healthier, happier life.