Insulin Resistance and How To Avoid It!

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Many patients want to work with me because they want to lose weight.  While there are obvious benefits to losing weight such as having more energy, fitting better in your clothes, or just being comfortable in your own skin, losing weight is also crucial in maintaining your long-term health.

There are some less obvious reasons why keeping your weight managed can help you avoid disease and health complications down the road.  One of these is having your body produce, use, and respond in a healthy way to the hormone insulin.

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of insulin resistance.  If you haven’t, I can tell you this: you don’t want it!  So, I’m going to explain what it is. But first let me explain how insulin works in your body.

What is Insulin?

Insulin is a powerful peptide hormone in your body.  Produced in the pancreas by beta cells, insulin allows glucose (also known as blood sugar) to pass into your cells to produce cellular energy.  Without it, your cells could not function.

Insulin delivers glucose into your cells, and any excess glucose not immediately used by the cell is either converted to glycogen to be stored in your muscles for use later, or as fat.

Unfortunately, for many people, due to high carbohydrate/high sugar diets, lots of insulin is being produced and eventually your cells require more and more of it to get the glucose into your cells.  This is what is called insulin resistance.  Although the amount of insulin in the bloodstream may be high, the cells are less receptive to the hormone. And as a result your glucose (blood sugar) starts getting higher and higher. And you store more and more fat. This is how sugar (not fat) makes you fat!

Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes

Over time, elevated blood glucose levels, with elevated insulin levels can lead to Type 2 Diabetes. What happens is your pancreas becomes worn out from having to work so hard, and eventually produces less and less insulin. Type 2 diabetics typically develop this condition as adults, but because of poor diets and overeating more and more young people are developing Type 2 Diabetes.  This leads to taking daily medication and eventually to daily insulin injections.

While insulin injections work to allow diabetics to continue living, a side effect of insulin injections is weight gain. Almost all Type 2 Diabetics on insulin therapy gain weight.  And the #1 risk factor for developing Type 2 Diabetes is being overweight!  It’s a lose-lose situation.  Diabetics who over time continue to gain weight subject themselves to a myriad of other health complications.

What Should I Do?

There are a number of ways you can start losing weight today:

  • Track your food intake! Reduce carbohydrate and excess sugar
  • Start exercising! – High intensity interval training is by far the best way.
  • Try Intermittent Fasting 16 hours daily
  • Have your hormones optimized, which helps prevent insulin resistance

Having optimal hormone levels across the board will give you the best chance at losing weight and decreasing your risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes. I have successfully treated many cases of diabetics and borderline diabetics, and moved their cases into the non-diabetic ranges.

It’s not too early or too late to start thinking about having your hormones optimized.  Contact us today to have an evaluation, we work with patients from all over the world, without you having to leave your home!  Call us at 323-874-9355 or email us at info@thebodywellusa.com.

 

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