Insulin Resistance: What you need to know

Rishi Dhingra

Rishi Dhingra

Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body’s cells become less responsive to the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. Insulin is responsible for regulating the amount of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream, and when cells become resistant to insulin, blood sugar levels can become elevated, leading to a range of health problems.

Insulin resistance is a key component of metabolic syndrome, which is a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. In addition to elevated blood sugar levels, insulin resistance can also lead to elevated levels of triglycerides (body fat) and reduced levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol), and increased levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) – causing hypercholesterolemia.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to insulin resistance [], including genetics, obesity, and lack of physical activity. Other risk factors include a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugars, as well as chronic stress and poor sleep quality.

Symptoms of insulin resistance may include fatigue, difficulty losing weight, and a tendency to feel hungry, and sleepy, soon after eating. Over time, insulin resistance can progress to type 2 diabetes if left untreated.

Treatment for insulin resistance typically involves lifestyle modifications such as eating a healthy diet, frequency of eating, getting regular exercise, and managing stress. Medications such as metformin or glucophage may also be used to help improve insulin sensitivity.

Preventing insulin resistance requires a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, including a diet that is rich in whole, unprocessed foods and low in refined carbohydrates and sugars, as well as regular physical activity and stress management techniques.

In conclusion, insulin resistance is a serious condition that can lead to a range of health problems if left untreated. If you are experiencing symptoms of insulin resistance, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs. By adopting a healthy lifestyle and managing your risk factors, you can reduce your risk of developing insulin resistance and its associated health problems.

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