The Dangers Of Insulin Resistance

Insulin is a hormone which is produced in the pancreas. It enables our bodies to use glucose (sugar) from the carbs we eat to give us energy or store the glucose for later use.

Insulin resistance is what occurs when the cells in our bodies resist or ignore the signals sent out by insulin, allowing sugars to remain in our bloodstream, causing high blood sugar levels. As insulin resistance develops, so the pancreas produces more insulin to try and counteract the problem. Put simply, the pancreas is put under ever increasing pressure to keep up the supply of insulin and this is when serious medical problems begin.

Figure from the U.S state that 1 in 3 people suffer from insulin resistance and, for people over the age of 60, this figure increases to 1 in 2. As insulin resistance shows no symptoms in the early stages, it often goes undiagnosed until we feel unwell.

Insulin resistance is liked to many diseases including:-


Type 2 diabetes

Cardiovascular disease


Cancer of the pancreas, bladder, breast, cervix, colon, prostate and uterus

Decline of memory function, increasing the possibility of Alzheimer’s

Risk Factors

Overweight or obese

High calorie, high sugar/diet

Little or no exercise

Long time usage of high dosage steroids

Prolonged exposure to chronic stress

Polycystic ovary disease.

Ways to improve insulin sensitivity

If you are overweight or obese, your first step is to lose weight. Do this by eating a balanced low calorie/low carb diet. Going plant-based can reverse this health problem.

About Shaun

Hi I am a naturopathic researcher. One which supports and promotes the healthy function of the body...stimulating the body's built-in self healing mechanisms.
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