You’ve probably known what diabetes is, and may have heard about insulin resistance. But how is insulin resistance linked to diabetes? This article will help you understand what insulin resistance is and how it can lead to diabetes.
To understand insulin resistance, we first have to understand insulin: What is it and what it does.
Insulin is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas. When sugar increases in your blood after eating, insulin is released to help sugar enter your liver, muscle, and fat tissue. As sugar goes into your tissue, the sugar level in your blood will decrease.
Insulin resistance happens when your liver, muscle, and fat cells do not respond well to insulin. Your pancreas then releases more insulin to compensate. As long as your pancreas can make enough insulin to overcome the insensitivity of the cells, you should feel fine. However, there will come a time when the resistance is so strong that the insulin production is maxed out, and your blood sugar will rise.
Normally, insulin resistance by itself doesn't cause any symptoms. If you feel any of the symptoms listed below, it is likely that your insulin resistance has increased your blood sugar.
Other signs that often appears in people with insulin resistance are:
People with the conditions below may be at higher risk of developing insulin resistance
If you have insulin resistance, don’t panic. It is still possible to reverse it before it develops into diabetes. Steps you can take to reduce insulin resistance include:
There is no better time than now to take action to improve your insulin sensitivity. Taking small steps towards a healthy lifestyle can help reverse some of the resistance your body has developed to insulin! With time and patience, you can resolve this issue in no time.