Insulin Resistance

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What Is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance is a condition where your body stops properly responding to insulin.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that facilitates glucose (sugar) uptake into the body’s cells. That sugar is then converted into immediate energy or stored for later use (as fat or glycogen).

Insulin helps your body function in the following cycle:

  1. The food you eat is broken down into glucose.
  2. Glucose enters your bloodstream, which signals the pancreas to produce insulin.
  3. Insulin helps glucose enter your body’s cells for energy and the liver for later use. Insulin resistance happens when your cells don’t respond efficiently to insulin. As a result, they can no longer easily take glucose from the blood. Since blood glucose levels remain high, your pancreas makes more and more insulin to help your cells absorb glucose. When the pancreas can no longer make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels at a manageable level, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes set in.

What Causes Insulin Resistance?

Lifestyle behaviors are some of the strongest predictors when it comes to insulin resistance. Lifestyle factors include:

Excess body fat
Health experts believe that visceral fat (fat in the abdomen and around the organs) is the main cause of insulin resistance. A waist measurement of 40 inches or more is linked with insulin resistance in men.

Leading a sedentary lifestyle
Regular exercise helps your body to manage blood glucose levels. Avoiding exercise can also lead to weight gain and excess body fat, which may contribute to insulin resistance.

Eating a high-carbohydrate diet
A highly processed, starch-heavy diet may also cause insulin resistance. High glycemic index (GI) foods cause your blood glucose to spike, which puts a greater strain on your pancreas.

Other Factors Include:
You are 45 years and older with sleep problems, especially sleep apnea. Smoking or a history of smoking. A history of diabetes in your family.

Treatment Is Easier Than You Think

Lifestyle modifications coupled with Opt Health plans is the best treatment for insulin resistance. These modifications could include:

Opt Health Prescriptions
Dial in your diet
Exercising more
Losing excess body fat



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