Reverse Insulin Resistance With A Few Lifestyle Changes

By Charles Richardson
Insulin is a hormone produced naturally by the human body to help cells metabolize glucose. At times, a disorder could interfere with the ability of cells to properly utilize this hormone, no matter how much is produced. This is referred to as insulin resistance. When one has this condition, their pancreas is pressured to produce more of the hormone to keep up with increasing demand. If one doesn’t take measures to reverse insulin resistance, they could suffer from type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and other serious illnesses.

Sensitivity problems are more common among overweight individuals. Excess weight brings about some metabolic changes that affect how organs use up glucose, insulin levels notwithstanding. It also triggers low-level chronic inflammation that can contribute to resistance, among other issues. Shedding a few pounds would not only reduce the risk of such problems, but also stabilize glucose levels.

According to a number of studies, physical inactivity is associated with impaired sensitivity, often resulting in type 2 diabetes. Normally, muscles acquire energy by burning the glucose they’ve stored. This is later replenished by glucose from the bloodstream, thus creating the optimal balance. Exercise would thus help muscles absorb more glucose without involving the hormone. And it only one week of training to improve one’s sensitivity.

Combining resistance training with aerobic activities seems to be the most effective approach. The former burn more calories over a short period, while the latter helps build the muscles that burn glucose. Still, the benefits one can reap from combining the two would depend on their current level of fitness.

One doesn’t have to go to extreme ends to get fit. Any kind of exercise has the potential to improve response to the hormone. Activities like running, swimming and walking would greatly suit individuals who can’t fit an elaborate regimen into their daily routine.

Weight is usually affected by one’s diet, specifically the amount one eats and the manner of consumption. There are certain foods that could help in weight loss and blood sugar management. One could talk to a specialist for recommendations on foods to incorporate into their diet. Some easy examples include vegetables, beans and lean meats.

People who consistently get to little sleep face far bigger consequences than daytime fatigue. According to reports from a recent study, sleep deprivation can lower sensitivity to insulin by between 16 30 percent. In simpler terms, this means that lack of sleep may be as detrimental as 6 months on a high-fat diet. Additionally, other studies have indicated that how much one sleeps can affect blood sugar levels, hormones that regulate appetite and the brain’s perception of a high-calorie diet. To promote a healthy balance, one should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.

Making lifestyle changes early is the key to correcting resistance before other complicated illnesses can develop. Most people don’t know that they have the disorder till it’s too late. Although the condition doesn’t have a cure yet, combining a few natural remedies with changes in lifestyle is a proven way of preventing type 2 diabetes. Individuals are also advised to seek medical help before changing their exercise routine or diet.

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