When people hear the word insulin resistance they think of Diabetes, however many people have normal blood sugar but chronically high levels of insulin in their bloodstream. Chronically high levels can lead to more serious issues like cardiovascular disease, cancer, weight problems and other more serious conditions. Many people are becoming resistant to insulin and don't even know it. An insulin resistant person may have ten times as much insulin in their blood as a healthy person.
Insulin's role is to push glucose into skeletal muscle and the liver. When we become more resistant it takes higher levels of insulin to get the job done. Too much insulin in the bloodstream leads to metabolic imbalances. Problems begin to occur in other hormone inbalances like cortisol, DHEA, progesterone, the estrogens, and testosterone. It also starts to impact the neurons in the brain and neurotransmitters. Dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine and epinephrine. When insulin is high it stresses the body. When the body is under prolonged stress it starts to deplete neurotransmitters, this sets us up for obsessive compulsive problems, depression, ADHD, Alzheimer's, insomnia, lack of motivation, brain fog, etc.
Signs and symptoms you insulin may be too high
- cravings for carbs
- hungry after a few hours of eating
- carb intolerance
- feeling better after exercising
- mood swings during the day
- feeling like your "amped up" at times
- swelling in calfs and ankels (retaining water)
- more susceptible to kidney stones
- hair loss in woman especially around the forehead
- more susceptible to acne
- hormonal imbalances
60 million people in the U.S. are currently pre diabetic, most don't even know it. Listen to your body and take note, it's trying to tell you something. It's not difficult to turn your metabolism around and address and replenish the body with what it needs. Be proactive and take the steps to make the changes to becoming healthy again. More energy, loose weight effortlessly, better frame of mind and stress free.