Illustration of 4 women eating different foods affecting their weight and insulin resistance

Don’t Let It Progress to Diabetes

Insulin is a hormone produced by special cells in the pancreas to help move glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells where it is needed for metabolism. In people with insulin resistance, changes in the receptors on a cell’s surface keeps insulin from moving glucose across the membrane, causing blood levels of glucose to remain high. Cells are then starved for their glucose food. The pancreas responds by releasing more insulin, which only makes the cells more resistant. Insulin resistance, if untreated, leads to diabetes.

See a primary care provider or endocrinologist for testing if you have:

  • Increased hunger levels or sleepiness after meals
  • An inability to concentrate or focus your thinking
  • Intestinal bloating, weight gain, difficulty losing weight

Insulin resistance CAN be reversed before it becomes diabetes through diet and exercise. Dietary fat and high sugar diets are important factors in insulin resistance. Lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle also contribute to the problem. Reliance on fast food meals with their high dietary fat and high fructose corn syrup ingredients may taste good and be convenient, but will lead to insulin resistance and then diabetes.

Changing your eating and exercise habits can be tough to do alone. Get help and coaching from one of our skilled, experienced primary care providers or endocrinologists. They’ll help you get on the right track and stay there.

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