Insulin Resistance Treatment
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin helps to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. Insulin resistance is a condition in which cells fail to absorb and respond to insulin, leading to a rise in blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance is also referred to as prediabetes.
If you experience insulin resistance, it is important to seek medical care to prevent further health complications. To schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider in who specializes in insulin resistance treatment, please call (470) 419-4380 or contact us online.
Symptoms of Insulin Resistance
Symptoms of insulin resistance may include:
- Inability to focus / Brain fogginess
- Increased blood sugar levels
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Increased hunger
Severe cases of insulin resistance may lead to darkening of the skin on the back of the neck (acanthosis nigricans). These dark patches of skin can also show up on the elbows, knees, knuckles and armpits.
Causes of Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance may be caused by:
- Bad diet
- Inactive lifestyle
- Protease inhibitors (found in HIV drugs)
- Mineral and hormone imbalance
- Environmental toxins
How to Reverse Insulin Resistance
Healthcare providers have several theories about the causes of insulin resistance and how it should be treated. A traditional provider may prescribe medications to bring the blood sugar down and recommend some lifestyle changes. Functional medicine providers are less likely to prescribe medications and will probably want to look for a root cause of the disease. By treating the root cause of the disease, your insulin resistance should improve too.
The best way to reverse insulin resistance is with a healthy diet and exercise. Your healthcare provider can recommend foods to include and exclude, as well as safe and effective exercises that pose a low risk for injury.
Subtle underlying factors of the disease which lead to higher blood sugar levels must also be explored. Correcting imbalances in the body’s molecular structure and supporting cell function with the proper nutrients can mean the difference between a lifetime of prescription medications and health problems, and being free of insulin sensitivity for good.
To learn more about insulin resistance reversal and your treatment options, please call (470) 419-4380 or contact us online.