Do You Suffer From Insulin Resistance? It's Not The Same As Diabetes
Insulin resistance is what leads to diabetes. But it can be treated and even prevented in the first place.
Insulin resistance can develop because of stress, obesity, smoking and even pregnancy
You can undergo various tests to detect insulin resistance in your body. One kind is the blood sugar fasting where your glucose levels are checked after not eating for about 8 hours. Another is a random blood draw where blood samples can be taken at any time of the day to check glucose levels. Other tests are Glycosylated Haemoglobin and Oral glucose tolerance test. Unfortunately, none of these can detect insulin resistance in early stages.
People with insulin resistance are also generally low on energy, feel very hungry and find it difficult to concentrate. You may also suffer from other medical conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol because of this resistance.
During insulin resistance, since your cells don't respond accurately to insulin hormone, the body tends to overproduce it. So the cure for insulin resistance can be of two kinds. One, that reduces the need of insulin in our body and the other where the resistance to insulin is reduced. Both these things can happen by resorting to a better diet, though to a limited extent.
There are also various medications available that either prevent the liver from releasing glucose in the blood or slows the absorption of sugar in the gut. They may also increase the sensitivity of the body cells to insulin.
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How you can prevent it
Exercise and Lose weight - Find exercises that you like. It's important to follow weight maintenance and shed some kilos if you are overweight. Exercises like swimming, running, high intensity interval training, yoga, plank exercises are helpful.
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