Insulin Resistance: A Silent Epidemic

Insulin resistance is an increasing common problem. The latest statistics are staggering. Approximately 1 in 3 Americans, and half of those over 60, have insulin resistance. What does that mean? An often-silent blood sugar issue, your body’s inability to maintain healthy levels of insulin can increase your risk for pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, as well as a host of other health concerns such as heart disease, strokes, and cancer.

Insulin plays an important role in a healthy body. Produced by the pancreas, insulin allows your cells to absorb glucose (aka sugar). Insulin allows glucose to enter cells through the bloodstream, feeding directly into your muscles, fat, and liver, where it is stored until it needs to be used for energy.

As you eat your blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels rise. Your pancreas then releases insulin into your blood to help lower the blood sugar levels and keep them balanced. With insulin resistance, the cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond appropriately to the insulin and can’t easily absorb glucose from your blood. As a result, your pancreas ends up producing more insulin to assist glucose into the cells. Insulin resistance can leave you with chronically elevated blood sugar levels and this can become a vicious cycle.

Alternative Health Atlanta

Dr. Melodie Billiot