This article will give a definition of Insulin Resistance (IR). It will also briefly discuss what creates Insulin resistance. So, let’s get going – Insulin Resistance Defined.
Insulin Resistance is when your blood glucose levels will be consistently high, and the insulin receptors become desensitized to insulin. This means the cells do not respond to the insulin keys that open the door to the cell that lets in the glucose into the cell. So, the pancreas, most produce more and more insulin, to deal with the glucose within the blood stream.
In Insulin Resistance, insulin is not able to efficiently move glucose from the blood into individual cells. This creates the following condition:
- Cells not able to effectively use needed glucose
- Insulin not able to effectively communicate the message that there is glucose to feed the cells
- The body starts building up a toxic level of glucose
- The body starts building up a toxic level of Insulin
- More and more Insulin is release to communicate with the cells to utilize the higher and higher stores of glucose
Overtime, Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) develops. Now, Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is fueling Insulin Resistance and Insulin Resistance is fueling Type 2 Diabetes (T2D).
Recap: Insulin resistance refers to the fact that for a specific amount of insulin, it is more difficult for the insulin to move glucose into a cell. The pancreas, then must create higher amounts of insulin to get the job done.
A good example is the image below: It shows that normal insulin metabolism allows more of the glucose in the cell vs insulin Resistance metabolism.
Insulin Resistance Defined – Why?
Why do individuals get Insulin Resistance? Surprise, Surprise – Insulin itself causes insulin resistance. There is a good possibility that the problem may be – the glucose cannot enter the cell because it is already overflowing. So, why is this condition taking place:
- A diet High in Carbohydrates: If you are eating large amounts of glucose producing carbohydrates and especially, if they are Refined Carbohydrates
- Carbohydrates Intolerant: meaning your body is not able to properly manage carbohydrates – either due to genetics, your nutritional Biological Individuality, or both
- Extended Eating Times: The more times we eat throughout the day, the higher the chance of developing Insulin Resistance. The body needs a break from releasing insulin and dealing with glucose. In fact,
Future articles will expand on this problem and expand our knowledge and techniques to help you deal with your Insulin Resistance
Learn More about Insulin Resistance Defined
- Dr. Mercola – “The Connection Between Insulin Resistance and the High-Carb, Low-Fat Diet“
- Dr. Nally – “Type II Diabetes Mellitus through the Lens of Insulin Resistance“
- Dr Fung – “What, exactly, is Insulin Resistance? – T2D”