Matters little whether you call your condition insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome or Syndrome X, they all are moving your body toward the same health disaster outcomes. These silent conditions markedly increase your chances for developing diabetes and heart disease.
And a firm commitment to lifestyle changes, by way of appropriate weight maintenance, diet and exercise, is the single most important decision you can make in correcting your multi termed “out of insulin balance” body. Both, physical activity and weight loss are highly recommended treatment and prevention measures because each plays a part in helping your “out of whack” body better respond to insulin.
Insulin is the “middleman” between glucose and your body’s cells. In order for your cells to reap glucose’s energy benefits, insulin must broker the deal. Glucose can ONLY be converted to energy with insulin’s help!
If your pancreas does not make enough insulin or your body is unable to use the insulin that’s hanging around, then buddy, your cells have no ability to use glucose’s rich energy source. Its like dying from thirst in the ocean. And if excess glucose builds up in your bloodstream, the stage is being set for diabetes.
Just the mere condition of being overweight affects insulin’s works. Any extra fat tissue can make your body resistant to insulin’s brokering action. Fortunately, exercise perks up insulin into doing a better job.
So now, let’s break this stuff down into how each one of these conditions set the stage for diabetes.
If your body is in a state of insulin resistance, then your muscle, fat, and liver cells are not using insulin correctly. In this environment, your pancreas receives a single demanding more insulin, so it increases its output.
As you might expect, there comes a point when your pancreas cannot keep up with the body’s insatiable request for insulin. As a result, excess glucose builds up in your bloodstream. Test results reveal that many with insulin resistance have both high levels of blood glucose and insulin running around in their blood simultaneously.
Those considered pre-diabetes are moving about with higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be considered diabetic. Doctors sometimes refer to this condition as impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).
Pre-diabetes is one of the major health concerns of our day. It is this condition that creates a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, most often within the next 10 years. You also increase your risk for heart disease.
Many people with insulin resistance and high blood glucose have:
- high blood pressure
- high levels of triglycerides
- excess weight around the waist
- low HDL (good) cholesterol levels
- high LDL (bad) blood cholesterol levels
And this unhealthy state, in combination, is what is referred to as the metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance syndrome or Syndrome X. A body in this state of condition also puts its heart at risk.
Insulin resistance and pre-diabetes usually have no symptoms. Some with a severe form of insulin resistance may experience acanthosis nigricans.
The two lifestyle factors that interfere most with your muscles ability to use insulin are:
- excess weight
- lack of exercise
Everyone over the age of 45 should be tested for diabetes, especially if you are overweight.
The best news in all of this is that you do have an opportunity to turn your body’s poor usage of insulin around. The main treatment goal is to help your body relearn to use insulin normally.
What you can do now to make this insulin brokering improvement is to lose weight, be active and eat well. Research has shown that these lifestyle changes reduced the risk of diabetes by 58%, and returned many to their normal blood glucose levels.
May the power of this healthy choice be with you.