Insulin insensitivity is when cells stop responding to insulin that is secreted from the pancreas. When cells fail to respond to insulin adequately, blood sugar levels rice to high. This causes damage to your body and makes you more likely to develop complications such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, or even nerve damage.
Exercise helps. It causes your cells to respond to insulin because it empties muscles of their stored sugar. When the muscles are empty of stored sugar, the muscles begin to absorb sugar from the bloodstream. This prevents blood sugar levels from becoming to high.
Statistics have shown that 35% of adults in America will become diabetic. This is because many Americans eat too much and exercise too little. Being fat fills your fat cells with fat, according to DrMirkin.com. This blocks the insulin receptors and it prevents them from responding to insulin. When cells do not respond to insulin adequately, the pancreas over-compensates by making more insulin. This stimulates your brain, making you hungry and causes fat to be deposited in your abdominal area.
Excess sugar in your body can only be stored in you liver and muscles. When your muscles are full of sugar, the sugar begins to enter your liver. If your blood sugar rises too high, then sugar begins to stick to your cells. Sugar is converted to sorbitol when sugar sticks to your cells. This eventually causes blindness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, and other complication which occur with diabetes.
Seeking Treatment for Insulin Insensitivity
There are a number of different reasons why people develop insulin insensitivity. Genetic play an important role, for example. If you have a family history of insulin insensitivity, then you are more likely to be susceptible, especially if that family member is a parent or sibling. Being overweight also makes you more susceptible as well.
Keeping regular appointments with your doctor can help you to avoid insulin resistance. If you think that you may be at risk, ask your doctor to monitor you hemoglobin a1c levels regularly. This test allows your physician to measure your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. This way you can tell if you have any signs of insulin insensitivity and if you are at risk of developing any metabolic conditions such as diabetes. Changes in your diet and regular exercise can also help you to avoid insulin insensitivity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and other serious conditions.