Insulin Resistance and Weight Gain
Jun 01, 2020
An area that I get a lot of questions about, and one that is becoming more and more prevalent in the women I work with, is blood sugar imbalance, including insulin resistance and prediabetes.
SO many women I talk with don't even realize they have an underlying issue with blood sugar balance, because they think they need to be extremely overweight to be susceptible to it.
Diabetes is one of the most common problems in the United States today with over 26 million Americans affected at an annual cost of over $218 billion per year. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) continues to promote these blood sugar disorders.
This trend is a growing problem, and it’s primarily due to a lack of lifestyle education and physical activity, as well as the consumption of nutrient-depleted and processed foods (even your gluten-free goodies!).
Diabetes disrupts ALL aspects of our physiology. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, cognitive decline, and virtually every other chronic disease.
What is Insulin?
- Insulin tells your liver to make more cholesterol.
- Insulin raises your blood pressure by increasing sodium retention.
- Insulin reduces your liver’s ability to detoxify.
- Insulin increases inflammation - the very thing that causes insulin resistance.
- Women with elevated insulin levels end up producing more testosterone.
- Men with elevated insulin end up with elevated levels of estrogen.
- High levels of insulin are also directly related to increased risk for colon and breast cancer.
- High levels of insulin promote fat storage and weight gain.
5 Action Steps to Conquer Insulin Resistance:
- Improve Nutrition: Be mindful of what you eat and WHEN you eat it. Your body LOVES rhythms -- each two to three regular meals a day at the same time.
- Move Your Body: The more you move, the better you feel, and the better you manage insulin levels. Start with two 10 minute walks a day.
- Reduce Stress: Stress increases blood sugar, which increases insulin.
- Reduce Toxins: What we eat, drink and breath has a direct effect on insulin.
- Test Nutrient Status: Many nutrient deficiencies can have a direct effect on blood sugar and insulin issues.
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