Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes

What is insulin resistance? Insulin resistance is what will increase your chances of developing both heart disease, and diabetes. It is a condition that has no signs, and comes on very silently. You won't notice it except maybe feeling extra tiredness, and hungry.

Your food gets broken down into glucose in your blood after eating your meals and snacking. The simple sugar turns into your main energy source for the cells inside the body. Cells will not be able to use the glucose without insulin productivity. Your insulin aids your body cells to process glucose, and from there it should turn into energy. But if the pancreas is failing to put out insulin correctly as it is supposed to, or else your body doesn't know how to properly store needed insulin, the cells will not use glucose the way it should. Your blood sugar then starts to increase rapidly, and thus appears the beginnings of type 2 diabetes.

If you are overweight or have obesity problems, this will definitely at some time or other, affect what you do with insulin in the bloodstream. The fat tissue that is extra does not help matters any, and your body is not storing insulin properly.

Insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and type 2 diabetes are all linked together. With insulin resistance, the three things which are muscle, fat, and the liver cells will not use insulin properly. Your pancreas is trying to keep up by producing more insulin. This will not work forever, as the pancreas tires of this vicious cycle, and your glucose begins to rise, as well as having high insulin levels within the body at once.

If your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not yet considered as diabetic, you then have pre-diabetes. This is sometimes called impaired fasting glucose. With this condition of pre-diabetes, you then have a very high chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes though, is the point where you can put a stop to the onset of type 2 by losing 10% of your body weight.

What is the cause of this insulin receptor problem? Well, it does tend to be hereditary, and as I mentioned above excess weight, especially to a large degree, encourages this problem. Also, people that have high bad cholesterol levels, and low good cholesterol levels, are prone to this happening. If you have a combination of high cholesterol, hypertension, and insulin resistance, it is labeled as metabolic syndrome.

Medical research has found that people with metabolic syndrome, or receptor problems with insulin, also benefit from exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes, or 5 days a week for 15-20 minutes. Choosing healthier foods, read my nutrition articles will help you regain better health and maybe avoid becoming a full-blown diabetic in the future.

Diabetes is nothing to fool around with. Once you do have type 2 diabetes, there is really no cure like some claim, but only control of it. Therefore, it is wise to exercise and choose the healthier foods most of the time.

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