Insulin Resistance is diagnosed when the normal fasting insulin level reads as 5- 7 times higher than normal level.
Fasting Insulin is important as it is now found to be more reliable than fasting glucose as a predictor of a future diabetic state.
Symptoms of INSULIN RESISTANCE are:
- Belly fat
- Weight loss that plateaus
- Carbohydrates initially make you happy
- Cravings for carbohydrates and sugar
- Want to nap after lunch
- Lose focus without food
- Eye sight worse at night
- Not satisfied after eating and want more. No satiety. This can be the effect of a hunger hormone called Ghrelin
- Need to urinate at night
- Swollen Belly as day progresses
- Loose focus without food
Longer term symptoms
- Heart disease
- Fatty liver
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol esp. Triglycerides
- Prone to clots and stroke
- Memory loss / Dementia
ACTION TO HELP
The main thing to remember is we are not aiming solely for weight loss and to treat the symptoms. Weight is a symptom not a cause
The true results come when we get the body healthier.
When we eat sugar the pancreas has a magical role to release insulin into the blood stream to help the sugar get into the cells. If there is too much then the insulin keeps going up and the cells start to resist the action of insulin. This overload of insulin in the blood leads to fat storage and sends the message to the fat cells to build up fat stores. Not to mention insulin drives the aging process. Even a tiny bit of sugar stops all fat burning for 48 hours so even if you have sugar ever second day then no fat can be burnt up for energy. Hence ultimately avoiding sugar in all forms is paramount to results.
- Avoid sugar
- Avoid red meat initially. If any use grass fed only
- Avoid whey powder
- Avoid MSG
- Avoid Aspartame ( sugar replacements – watch in chewing gum)
- Avoid Fructose- as fructose feeds the fatty liver
- Relax and keep stress down
- Avoid more than three meals a day
- Follow 5/2 eating – have 2 fasting days a week
- Have a high protein breakfast
- Always wait at least 20 minutes before second portions if at all
- Lots of vegetables especially if high in potassium
- Exercise daily
- Go to bed earlier so you can build up leptin. Leptin is like the opposite of ghrelin. Leptin helps tell your body you have had enough food. Remember 30 minutes sleep before 12 midnight is equal to 3 hours sleep after midnight.
Supplements are very individual consequently it is very important to discuss this with your practitioners –
- Individual Vitamin B vitamins ( B1, B6, etc)
- Phellodendron - Berberine
- Lipoic acid
- Broccoli sprouts
- Work on vagus nerve to relax so not to stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin
The liver works in close proximately to the pancreas as does the gallbladder therefor in many cases the healing needs to be focused on the liver of gallbladder. Be aware of foods that can be toxic to the liver or oily foods that put more pressure on the gallbladder. There are great remedies that help the phase one and phase two pathways of the liver. Lecithin may or may not be helpful too to help the gallbladder emulsify the fats. If concerned or need help with this talk to your practitioner.