Insulin Resistance: Know all about it

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 16, 2015
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  • Blood sugar level increases due to insulin resistance.
  • Pancreas start producing more insulin to maintain a balance.
  • Condition leads to prediabetes, type 2 diabetes.
  • Lifestyle changes can make a difference.

When a person suffers from insulin resistance, they soon are going to have prediabetes, type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome. However, it can be prevented by staying physically active, losing extra weight and in some cases by taking prescription drug metformin.

What is Insulin Resistance

What is Insulin?

A hormone that controls the blood sugar levels in the body is known as insulin. If a person suffers from insulin resistance, their body stops responding to the insulin it makes in the way it should. This makes the blood sugar levels go high in the body and as a result the pancreases has to make more insulin to have a balanced blood sugar level in the body.

How to Indentify Insulin Resistance in the Body?

Identifying insulin resistance by the way you feel can be difficult. Only a blood test can determine the level of blood sugar in your body. Similarly, you wouldn’t know if you have other conditions which are part of insulin resistance until you have seen a doctor. These other conditions include high blood pressure, low level of good cholesterol and high triglycerides.

What is Insulin Resistance

Lifestyle Changes to Treat the Condition

If you suffer from insulin resistance, some simple lifestyle changes can help you cope with the condition. Following are some of them:

  • Indulge into a moderate activity at least for 30 minutes for 5 days or more in a week.
  • Consult your doctor if you are not sure about what your ideal weight should be. You must also consult your nutritionist and a personal trainer.
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, legumes and other lean protein.
  • In some cases, insulin resistance may need prescription drug metformin to control it.

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