Insulin resistance simply put, is the body’s lack of response to insulin. When we eat, our bodies convert that food into “fuel” in the form of glucose. This glucose then circulates in the blood. Insulin is a hormone that is released in response to rising glucose levels, and acts by “driving” glucose into cells where it can act as the fuel for that cell. When the cells “resist” the effects of insulin, the body tries to make more insulin to get the job done. However, the body can’t keep the extra insulin production going forever, which is why there is a strong correlation between insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
The article “Insulin Resistance: A Weighty Matter” from Women’s International is a great straightforward explanation of insulin resistance, its risk factors, and ways we can help prevent insulin resistance from starting or worsening. It provides tips for improving your diet which along with exercise are the two most important things you can do to lower your risk of insulin resistance.
Read the article here: Insulin Resistance – A Weighty Matter
In our effort to provide excellent health information to our patients, also check out the National Institute of Health (NIH) website on insulin resistance and prediabetes.
If you are concerned that you may have insulin resistance or be on the verge of diabetes, contact one of our Collier Drug Store locations and speak with one of our knowledgeable pharmacists about your risk factors and ways to monitor your blood sugar.