In today’s episode, we talk all about insulin resistance.
Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose (which comes from the food you eat) in your blood enter cells within your muscles, fat, and liver, where it can then be used for energy.
Insulin resistance takes place when the cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to the insulin, and can no longer easily take insulin from glucose in your blood.
As a result, our pancreas makes more insulin to help glucose enter our cells, and as long as it can do this, your blood glucose levels will remain in a healthy range.
More often than not, people develop insulin resistance from eating too many refined carbs and sugar. Our body can only process so much of these at a time, and when we overeat, those carbs are stored as fat to be used as energy later.
Problems compound when we overeat on refined carbs and sugar too often: That fat will start depositing around our organs, making it harder for insulin to come out of the pancreas.
Listen in and learn how to tell if you might be developing insulin resistance and what you can do to lower your risks.
In this episode, we talk about…
- [01:50] What is insulin?
- [02:46] What is insulin resistance?
- [05:25] Problems associated with insulin resistance.
- [07:24] How to determine if you have insulin resistance.
- [10:21] Who is more likely to develop insulin resistance?
- [12:37] How to lower your risk of developing insulin resistance.
- Link to order labs: It’s recommended to check Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) & Hemoglobin A1C
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