When your blood sugar remains consistently high for too long, the cells in your body start to ignore it, become less effective, and you may notice some or all of these 10 signs that your body is resisting insulin.
While insulin resistance is not a disease or specific diagnosis, it’s been linked to conditions such Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, and Hypertension (high blood pressure), as well as to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
You know that Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps your cells use glucose (sugar) for energy.
But, modern diets and lifestyles have almost everyone producing more insulin in their pancreas than they need, or their bodies want.
- That’s where and how it starts, rendering your pancreas helpless to supply your body with what it needs.
And it’s a relentless repeating cycle forcing the pancreas to produce more and more insulin, which leads to the condition called Pre-diabetes or to Type 2 Diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% to 95% of all diabetes cases
- This state of insulin resistance has led to a higher risk of heart disease.
With that in mind, stay alert to these 10 signs that your body is resisting Insulin.
1. Abdominal obesity
As the waist grows larger, insulin becomes increasingly ineffective in your body, so it requires the pancreas to produce more and more.
- Insulin resistance leads to increased fat storage in the body, most of which is stored around your middle.
2. Among the most common of the 10 signs that your body is resisting insulin, are hunger and cravings for sugar or carbohydrate-rich foods
- Insulin-resistant people cannot handle common levels of carbohydrate in their diet.
They over-secrete insulin in response to eating high-carbohydrate foods, making them want even more and are less likely to feel satisfied after a meal, which leads to over-eating.
3. Trouble losing weight
Insulin resistance is the inability of your body to properly convert the food that you eat into energy to fuel your cells.
- People with this condition have difficulty regulating their blood sugar, making their bodies unable to pull glucose into the cells, which means excess levels of glucose build-up in the blood.
- With nowhere else to go, the body turns this extra energy into fat and stores it for later. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, it stays there.
4. Elevated blood sugar
- Insulin resistance increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.
- Pre-diabetes usually occurs in people who already have insulin resistance.
In pre-diabetes, the beta cells can no longer produce enough insulin to overcome insulin resistance, causing blood glucose levels to rise above the normal range.
As for glucose levels:
➡ Blood sugar under 100 mg/dL is considered normal.
➡ Levels between 100 and 125 mg/dL are diagnostic for pre-diabetes
5. Acne and large pores on the face
Insulin causes acne by generating too much insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1).
- IGF-1 stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum (oily secretions), clogging your pores and giving you acne.
- It also promotes higher levels of the male hormone testosterone and increases the sensitivity of the skin on your face.
Women (in particular) with high insulin-resistance levels tend to lose hair in a pattern, which is at the front and sides.
- Over time, elevated blood sugar levels result in ***higher cortisol levels, inflammation and free radicals, as have been discovered in the hair cells of those with Androgenetic Alopecia, also known in women as female pattern hair loss.
***Cortisol is a steroid hormone that your body releases in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration.
- Higher concentrations in your bloodstream start a harmful cycle of high/low blood glucose levels.
7. Skin tags
- They are also more commonly seen with obesity.
8. Hypertension (High blood pressure)
- Elevated levels of insulin create an imbalance in sodium and potassium, which increases blood volume, raising the blood pressure.
- The elevated insulin levels also increase the production of calcium and magnesium, which causes constricted arteries, elevating the blood pressure and increasing the risk of heart disease.
9. Swollen ankles
Insulin tells the kidneys to hang on to sodium and water, making you look puffier.
- You can experience fluid retention anywhere on your body, such as your fingers, face, and abdomen.
And, finally, this is one of the most important 10 signs that your body is resisting insulin:
Insulin resistance increases fatty acid levels in the blood, making fat accumulate in liver cells.
- A healthy liver is important for blood sugar and weight control. Additionally, fat in liver cells causes inflammation and damage to liver tissue.
Your body and cells, as well as the production of the hormones, minerals and other substances which keep you functioning, all work together when you experience optimal health.
They are a team.
➡ Take one team member out, or weaken it with the wrong foods, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, injury and unnecessary weight gain, and everything else suffers.
➡ Other team members try to fix the problems, often getting caught up in the body’s declining health, and then, they too are affected.
We must learn to separate what we want from what we need when it comes to promoting and consistently making the changes to our diets, and the lifestyles choices our bodies demand.
That’s the proverbial line in the sand.
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