Insulin resistance is a condition that impairs the ability to efficiently remove and process glucose from the bloodstream. Glucose, or blood sugar, is a vital energy source required by all cells, organs and systems of the body for normal function. The inability to utilize glucose in the blood results in excess levels in the blood, effects metabolism, and significantly increasing the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Much like leptin resistance, insulin resistance occurs when a needed substance is present in the body, but unable to be utilized by the cells of the body. Specifically, the muscles and cells of the body do not respond or recognize the presence of insulin, resulting in decreased amounts of glucose being delivered to the cells. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas and important for glucose regulation and energy production. The body reacts to this decrease in glucose in the cells by sending signals demanding more glucose for energy, As long as the pancreas can produce enough insulin, meeting the demand for increased amounts of glucose, the body appears to functions normally and glucose levels remain at healthy levels. Should the demand for glucose exceed the ability to produce insulin, blood glucose levels increase which increases the health risks associated with this condition.
While researchers have yet to determine an exact cause of insulin resistance, they believe it is closely related to being overweight, having excess fat around the waist and physical inactivity. Genetics and heredity also appear to influence who develops insulin resistance. Insulin resistance risk increases with age; affecting 10% of people between the ages of 20 and 40, but nearly 40% of people over the age of 60.
Nearly 35% of the population currently have insulin resistance, also known as metabolic syndrome. Actually metabolic syndrome is a series of health conditions, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess fat around the stomach and waist, and high cholesterol. Insulin resistance increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes; it also increases the risk of kidney damage, heart disease and stroke.
The most effective method of treatment and prevention for this condition are significant lifestyle changes, including:
Exercise: Doctors recommend between 30 and 60 minutes of moderate exercise everyday.
Weight Loss: Blood sugar and blood pressure levels significantly decrease by losing as little as 5% of body weight.
Healthy Diet: Eat a diet low in fat, including plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, lean sources of protein and whole grains.
Insulin sensitivity is the term used to describe how responsive your body is when processing and removing glucose from the bloodstream. When insulin sensitivity is high, your body is very efficient in storing glucose in the muscles, increasing the body’s ability to use carbohydrates and fat for energy.
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While most medical advice surrounding insulin resistance recommends minimizing, and even avoiding, carbohydrates, supplementing with IC-5 appears to provide improved insulin sensitivity and reduced risk of diabetes without the elimination of carbohydrates from the diet.