Insulin is the hormone that shuttles the energy giving molecule glucose from the bloodstream and into cells. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to function. That is unless you are insulin resistant!

Insulin is the key that can’t unlock the door.

When we eat, our bodies metabolize sugar and releases it into the bloodstream to be used by the cells. However, it doesn’t just flow freely into the cells. The cells are essentially locked to it. Insulin functions as a key that binds to sugar and transports it into the cell. However, if you are resistant to insulin, your cells do not “unlock” for insulin. As a result, sugar levels increase, and your body responds by creating more insulin. This doesn’t solve the problem though, and eventually leads to elevated levels of insulin and glucose. Furthermore, your pancreas becomes over worked and its insulin producing cells (beta cells) begin to wear out. Overtime, this results in prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

So What Can You Do?

If you have been diagnosed with insulin resistance, there are a few things that you can do. Starting with your diet, you can restrict the types of foods that increase glucose in your body; carbs. When carbs are metabolized, they are broken down into glucose and trigger the insulin response. Another thing to do is it to get active and lose weight. Increased levels of fat have been linked to increased insulin resistance.

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