Imagine having your world turned upside down by an illness that you can’t see or feel, one that settles itself in your body and can cause a variety of serious health conditions, but may be difficult to pinpoint. Insulin Resistance is such a condition, and it can cause a variety of other serious health problems, including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Diabetes, pre-diabetes, Syndrome X, and even obesity.
So, what causes Insulin Resistance? Well, there are many contributing factors, but a large part of the problem is the fact that culture, society, and technology have evolved much faster than the human body, resulting in the inability of the body to keep up with the lifestyles that today’s populations have adopted. With less exercise and more processed and nutrient-void foods, the body’s ability to utilize the insulin that it creates may diminish. Additionally, some people are simply genetically predisposed to Insulin Resistance, making it a bit more difficult to treat (but not impossible).
When Insulin Resistance occurs, the cells inside the body fail to utilize insulin to break down glucose. As more and more unhealthy foods are eaten, the pancreas produces a larger amount of glucose, which is rejected by the cells. This leads to an excess amount of insulin and glucose in the bloodstream, which can alter natural hormone levels, creating imbalances that can result in conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and even cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the excess glucose can cause weight gain and lead to Diabetes.
Interesting, and highly dangerous, is the fact that Insulin Resistance can affect a large number of the body’s systems. From the reproductive system to the cardiovascular system, almost all major parts of the body can be harmed by the damages that Insulin Resistance causes, resulting in serious health conditions being mere symptoms of a larger, underlying problem. In fact, this is what often makes Insulin Resistance difficult to diagnose, as many people often focus on the symptomatic illnesses, rather than their root cause.
Though Insulin Resistance may seem scary, thanks to the great amount of damage that it can potentially cause, it is not always untreatable. Treatment systems that take a holistic approach, combining nutraceuticals with exercise and proper nutrition, have been shown to not only ease the symptoms of Insulin Resistance, but in some cases even reverse it! Because the problem often lies in an unhealthy lifestyle that is not compatible with the biological makeup of the body, tweaking eating and exercise habits can improve the efficiency with which the body functions. Once the proper lifestyle habits are in place, the body can begin to once again allow insulin into its cells and break glucose down into energy, which can rebalance hormone levels and reverse the many symptoms that people experience, including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Diabetes, obesity, and Syndrome X.
Insulin Resistance can be a scary condition to deal with, but with a thorough understanding of how the illness works and how you can treat it; the experience can become a journey to a healthier, happier lifestyle.