|Complications of Insulin Resistance
Pre-diabetes, or metabolic syndrome, is a condition that is marked by moderately high
blood sugar levels. In pre-diabetes, blood sugar levels, also called glucose levels, are
higher than normal, but not considered high enough to qualify as type II diabetes. If
left alone, pre-diabetes will likely develop into type II diabetes. The major underlying
cause of pre-diabetes is insulin resistance.
The complications and consequences of insulin resistance can be serious. At this time
most people with insulin resistance go on to develop type II diabetes within about 8-10
years. People with insulin resistance are also at risk for developing cardiovascular
disease because abnormally high levels of glucose and insulin in the blood damage
the body's blood vessels. Insulin resistance is also a common cause of weight gain,
especially around the waist.
Left unchecked, this process can lead to many complications that affect nearly every
organ in the body. These include kidney failure, diabetic retinopathy and blindness.
Diabetic neuropathy is a complication caused again from damage to the blood
vessels. Skin infections, gangrene, stroke, impotence, osteoporosis, hearing damage,
and death are also common complications of insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance develops when the body does not respond to the effects of the
hormone insulin. In addition, some people with pre-diabetes also may not produce
sufficient amounts of insulin in the pancreas. The role of insulin is to facilitate
movement of sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into the body's cells, where it is
used for energy. Insulin also helps the liver to store excess glucose. When the body
cannot process and use glucose properly, the body's cells do not get the energy they
need. The result is fatigue along with high blood sugar and all of the complications
that are mentioned above.
How can I avoid the Complications of Insulin Resistance?
The good news is that if insulin resistance is diagnosed and treated promptly it can be
reversed, minimizing the risk of developing type II diabetes and other serious
Insulin Resistance can often be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight and being
physically active. Excessive fat, especially around the waist, living a sedentary lifestyle
and excess sugar/carb consumption are major risk factors. Other risk factors include
hypertension or high cholesterol, having a personal history of gestational diabetes,
age over 45 years, a family history of type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
Reversal of insulin resistance includes regular monitoring of blood sugar levels and
the symptoms of insulin resistance, eating a properly designed diet, burst training
exercise, weight loss as needed, and a nutrient protocol specific to your individual
If you have any combination of the above complications or symptoms you need to get
checked for insulin resistance and diabetes.
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