The biggest reason that IR is such a problematic disease, besides the fact that your blood sugar is increasing and your insulin efficiency is decreasing, is that there are SO many other things that are affected as well.
Remember that every part of your body is connected. EVERY part. So if something is happening in one area, it shouldn’t be a surprise when it affects something in a completely different area.
What Else Are you Prone To?
Here are a few examples of what can happen in the rest of your body if you have IR (if you are diabetic, pre-diabetic, have PCOS, or eat a high processed carbohydrate diet… you’re pretty much insulin resistant). These are in no particular order:
- Diabetes type 2: If a person with IR doesn’t already have it, they are well on their way to developing Type 2 Diabetes unless they are actively working to reverse it.
- Fatty Liver: as mentioned in a previous email, your liver gets LOTs of fatty deposits with high carbohydrate diets. This is referred to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) if you are not a drinker
- Cardiovascular Disease: Those sugars in your blood starts to stick to the vessels causing a LOT of damage! This process is called “glycosylation”. It’s a sticky situation…
- Heart Attack and Stroke: IR doubles your risk for heart attack and “Brain Attack” and TRIPLES the risk that the heart or brain attack will be deadly.
- Increased Risk of Cancer: Bladder, Breast, Colon, and Cervical cancer risks seem to be much higher in those with Insulin Resistance.
- Memory Function Decline: Recent research showed that IR may increase memory decline and increase Alzheimer risk.
Once you can get that under control, you could possibly see a drastic improvement in many other aspects of your life.
Next we’ll start discussing how you can decrease your insulin resistance and increase insulin’s sensitivity.
In the meanwhile, have you ever been diagnosed with insulin resistance, diabetes type 1, 2, pre-diabetes, or shown any signs of insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome?? Let me know. And if you have any questions about any of them, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Until next time,