What is insulin resistance?

Written by LaToya Gay

November 11, 2020

Insulin resistance comes from abnormal levels of insulin in the blood. If left unchecked insulin resistance can lead to diabetes.  The Pancreas is where the development of diabetes begins.  This is the gland that sits right behind the stomach. The pancreas lowers blood sugar levels producing a hormone called insulin.  Insulin is produced by cells that respond to blood sugar levels. If blood sugar rises after eating a meal, insulin then rises to keep sugar levels stable.

Blood sugar decreases, when there are longer periods of starvation of the body or exercise. Insulin levels then start to fall.  When insulin decreases, the pancreas that was once used to bring insulin levels down no longer works as efficiently as it used to so the pancreas must produce more insulin to attempt to bring down the blood sugar level.

Too much insulin can cause the pancreas to get overworked and cause the pancreas to reach its maximum ability to produce, and the fasted blood sugar levels become elevated. Elevated fasting blood sugar is called “Impaired Fasting Glucose.” When this happens this is known to be the first clue the body gives to having insulin resistance. The most effective way to reduce insulin resistance is to make slow, sustainable changes.

Best ways to overcome Insulin resistance: 

  • Increase levels of physical activity.
  • Increase wholesome, low-carbohydrate options.
  • Be consistent, week after week.

At first, beginning a new lifestyle change can be a bit scary and sometimes overwhelming especially when advised by a doctor. But with time and patience, it can have a life-changing effect on the body.

The content in this article is not medical advice and is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Always talk to your doctor before changing your diet.

Our guest blogger Lynette McCutcheon is a mother of 3. She is also a Health and Weight Loss Coach Specialized in the Ketogenic Diet, Ketosis, and Intermittent Fasting. She is also the founder of her own coaching business, “Down By Linitas Way” which is a community that helps empower women through support and motivation. Her desire and goal are to help women live healthier lifestyles in hopes that others will be inspired to join the movement.

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