Insulin Resistance, what is it, who has it, and is it bad?
In my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner training, one of the big ideas on blood sugar regulation read as such: Never before in the history of mankind have we had an emergency need to lower blood sugar. The CDC released a new report last July, announcing there are more than 100 million people living with diabetes or pre-diabetes in the United State alone.
I can’t even wrap my head around that number: 100 million people. That’s a third of the whole country! What’s even scarier is diabetes is found in children younger and younger. It’s such an epidemic that even the Department of Defense is looking at the problem as a credible threat to our security.
What is Insulin Resistance (IR for short)? It’s a metabolic state where the receptors on our body cells become unresponsive to the binding of Insulin. It means that at some point in our lives, after decades of a high carb diet, our bodies can’t readily process sugar, and the hormone responsible of “clearing” sugar from our bloodstream becomes inefficient. So insulin stays high and so does sugar.
IR is the pathway to diabetes. Diabetes doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a progression, from boarding the sugar roller coaster to full blown diabetes.
Unfortunately, the way our health care system works, it doesn’t diagnose the pathway to the disease, instead, it waits until the disease is already established. But there are clues our bodies give, like a cry for help.
#1: FATIGUE, SLEEPINESS AFTER A MEAL, ESPECIALLY A HIGH CARB MEAL
Fatigue after a meal doesn’t just happen at Thanksgiving. The after lunch slump is an indication you might have some kind of blood sugar dysregulation.
#2. DEPRESSION, MOOD SWINGS
Sugar robs the body of important nutrients essential to produce neurotransmitters our brain needs for level moods. If you suffer from anxiety, mood swings and depression, look at your diet. It might help to lower your carbohydrate intake.
#3. SLOW HEALING
If your wounds take their “sweet” time to heal, it’s because high levels of blood glucose can overtime affect the nerves and lead to poor blood circulation. Just think of molasses. If your blood is high in sugar, it will flow as slow as molasses.
#4. CAN’T LOSE FAT, NO MATTER THE EFFORTS
When insulin is high, it is extremely difficult to lose fat. Because insulin is high, it’s always shuttling glucose into fat storage.
#5. SKIN TAGS
The pathway between high blood sugar and skin tags is not understood fully, but it’s often found to correlate. I’m not talking about brown moles here, but tags that are flesh colored.
ANY SOLUTIONS FOR INSULIN RESISTANCE?
The best way to take control of your high insulin is to go to the source: the intake of carbohydrates. If you’ve been Insulin Resistant for a while, the body can take up to a year, and sometimes even longer, to go back to baseline. But the benefits will provide to be a boon for longevity and health.
A great tool is to measure your blood glucose with a glucose meter (a simple prick on the finger), while fasted in the morning and after meals. Measuring is the only way to know for sure where you stand on the diabetes spectrum.
THE 21 DAY SUGAR DETOX PROGRAM
The 21 DSD will get a facelift in January. I know November and December are not the best months to try a sugar detox, but January is coming fast. If you and your friends/family are interested in doing the program, let me know! I’d be happy to coach you through the best nutritional reset on the market.
Yours in Health,