Insulin Resistance: Find Out Why It's So Common

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Insulin Resistance: Find Out Why It's So Common

Last update: 21 February, 2019

Recent medical advances are addressing conditions that were deadly only a few decades ago. However, currently new conditions are appearing in which there is very little awareness regarding their severity, such as insulin resistance.

Below you can find out why this condition is becoming so common.  Also, you can get familiar with its risks and causes, and how you can prevent it in a timely manner.

What is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance is an increasingly common disease. It happens when the body stops responding to insulin. The pancreas secretes the hormone to distribute glucose and keep blood sugar levels stable.

Once this mechanism fails, glycemia (glucose in the blood) rises along with the need for more insulin. This will result into a vicious cycle which can have harmful consequences on your health.

Thanks to insulin, the body can re-stabilize glucose, but an increased level of this hormone has other affects in the body. Insulin resistance is different from diabetes. However, it can be a former state or be completely unrelated to diabetes. In matter of fact, blood sugar levels tend to be normal.

Why is it so common?

The following is a review on the 5 main reasons insulin resistance is one of the most common diseases today.

1. Obesity


Fat cells are related to insulin resistance. Thus, obesity seems to be a very important factor. This is particularly true when fat tends to be stored around the waist.

Likewise, its diagnosis is pretty much guaranteed if a person has high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, a fatty liver, polycystic ovaries, or darken skin on the neck and armpits.

2. Diet

Obesity is related to this condition,  therefore the diet absolutely has an influence on its appearance. However, slim people can also have insulin resistance.

What foods make us susceptible to insulin resistance?

  • Sugar
  • Candy
  • Refined carbohydrates – cookies, pastries, etc.
  • Sweet fruit

3. Sedentary lifestyle

Sedentary lifestyle

An ongoing sedentary lifestyle has also played a role in the rise of insulin resistance. Office work and long hours in front of electronic devices make our bodies store fat around the waist. Furthermore, these conditions also lead to weaker circulation.

These factors can increase a person’s predisposition to insulin resistance. Daily exercise and movement helps the body use insulin and enables you to burn fat and maintain a well-balanced weight.

4. Stress

As we can see, these factors are currently common and are related. In this case, stress is another one of the century’s greatest evils. It’s a very complex disease that completely alters the body’s functions. Constant stress also changes how the body reacts to insulin and increases blood sugar levels.

5. Medication

  • Since modern medicine has greatly advanced, many people are now becoming over-medicated.
  • Taking medication is even common for healthy people. For example, many take contraceptive pills, allergy medication, sleeping aids, etc.
  • Overmedication is another factor that increases the risk of insulin resistance, especially if combined with other factors.

Frequent symptoms

As mentioned above, blood sugar level testing isn’t the appropriate diagnostic method to determine whether or not someone has insulin resistance.

These common symptoms may play a key role in deciding to follow a more healthy lifestyle in order to prevent certain future chronic conditions.

  • Unexplained, frequent fatigue
  • Mood disorders, with tendencies to be depressed or irritable
  • Hair loss and excess oil (especially in women)
  • Acne
  • Infertility and miscarriages during the first three months of pregnancy
  • Hoarseness
  • High cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Small warts on the neck and armpits
  • High blood pressure
  • Sweet cravings in the evening
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