Learning To Reverse Insulin Resistance Could Be Key To Prevent The Onset Of Diabetes

by Lela Perkins

Many will have seen reports concerning the increasing wave of diabetes that potentially could engulf our health service, but few are knowledgeable about the causes of diabetes. Even less have an understanding about the role of insulin in the body and what happens when someone becomes resistant to this very important hormone. Fortunately researchers have developed treatments to reverse insulin resistance.

The hormone is created within the pancreas. Its critical activity is in aiding the breakdown of starch and fatty foodstuffs which contain energy providing glucose. Activity and normal organ functioning uses up much of the sugar, but if residual glucose is left in the blood stream a level of toxicity may develop. Hence the important process that makes it possible to store it in the liver, muscular and fatty tissues.

Diabetes is caused when these systems that regulate glucose levels malfunction. Sufferers producing no insulin at all become fully dependant on external sources such as through injections or occasionally pills. This is known as type one diabetes. Type two diabetes is different in that patients resist the production of their own insulin. There are alternative medicinal treatments for this but occasionally it is necessary to have it externally supplied as well. Basically all physiological functions, right down to the tiniest cell, depend on energy being released, stored and recycled correctly.

The resistant type condition influences the pancreas to go into over production in an attempt to correct what is thought to be a lack of this hormone. In reality the chemical required reaction to breakdown sugars is not occurring and toxic levels of glucose will accumulate in the blood. Indicators can be excessive fat deposits around the abdomen, cholesterol imbalance, hypertension are often confused with broader heart and circulatory problems.

The problems of sedentary lifestyles, too much starch based food which serves to perpetuate the sugar processing problem, results in massive numbers of people becoming obese. This in turn increases the risk of diabetes. The tragedy is this almost self induced decline into the life changing world of diabetes can be avoided. Decisions about exercise, diet and taking the right vitamins and supplements may impede the onset or prevent the condition entirely.

The funny thing is that making the correct decisions is not that difficult. Good quality low carbohydrate fiber rich foods such as leafy green vegetables and salads abound in our supermarkets. Not only are they very nutritious but they contain very little sugar producing properties to start with. The sticky issue for many is exercise but done right this can be fun.

Protein is vital in a healthy diet. Those coming from seafood, egg, chicken, soy and whey are the best due to the fact that they aid hormonal activity that prevent over production of insulin. The vitamin groups C, E, D, K and natural antioxidants are important in bringing about normal levels of sugar in the bloodstream. Do not forget the exercise, also a vital component of a healthy lifestyle.

By now it will be clear that many concerns and obstacles around how to reverse insulin resistance are rooted in lifestyle and dietary choices. The choice is no longer how but when.

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