Did you know that insulin resistance can blamed for your inability to lose weight? If you are having a troublesome relationship with carbohydrates, read on to see whether you are at risk for insulin resistance.
DIAGNOSING INSULIN RESISTANCE
The tests your Dr. can provide are often associated with false positives or false negatives. Below you have a list of the 4 most common tests you could have prescribed by your doctor.
1. Waist Circumference
This is actually the simplest test, diagnosing an insulin resistance by your waist measurement. If it`s greater than 35 inches, you would be probably diagnosed with insulin resistance.
2. Fasting Glucose Levels
In case your blood sugar is higher than 75-100 mg/ dl after you have faster for a couple of hours, it is very likely that you have insulin resistance.
3. Fasting Insulin Levels
Instead of glucose, this test measures the levels of insulin in the blood after fasting. If your insulin level is higher than 10 uIU/ml, you could have insulin resistance.
4. Glucose Tolerance Tests
This test is more complex and it requires a few blood tests during the day. Given that glucose tolerance test is usually done if the doctor suspects of diabetes or hypoglycemia, make sure you get your insulin levels checked, too.
As mentioned in the very beginning, most tests provide false-positives and false- negatives. Therefore, it is recommended to do a simple self-test by filling out a simple symptom questionnaire. Put a check by the items that apply to you and in case you score high, it is very likely that you have blood sugar and insulin issues.
21 SYMPTOMS OF INSULIN RESISTANCE
1. The feeling that you are addicted to carbohydrates
2. The feeling that you are powerless when it comes to dieting
3. Jitteriness, difficulty thinking, headaches, nausea that goes away when you eat
5. Afternoon fatigue
6. A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher
7. You are least 15 pounds overweight
8. Waist measurement of more than 53 inches
9. A problem with weight gain even when eating small amounts of food
10. Weight gain mostly around your waist
11. Skin tags (small, painless, flappy skin growths) on your neck, chest, breasts, groin area, or underarms
12. A history of irregular menstrual periods, especially skipping months
13. A history of polycystic ovarian disease
14. High triglyceride levels
15. Low HDL-cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) levels (less than 35 mg/dl)
16. High LDL-cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) levels (more than130 mg/dl)
18. A family history of diabetes, overweight problems, abnormal cholesterol or triglycerides, heart disease, or stroke
19. A difficult time losing weight even if you exercise or cut back on your food intake
20. Frequent cravings for sweet or salty, crunchy snack food
21. The urge to eat frequently or eat excessive amounts of food
THE CAUSES OF INSULIN RESISTANCE
- Sluggish liver and/or excess toxins
- Aging, excess oxidative stress/free radical production
- Eating processed foods, sugary drinks, and sodas; foods containing high-fructose corn syrup; packaged low-fat foods; excess use of sugar, fake honey
- Insufficient protein intake and/or poor quality protein intake
- Inadequate fat intake and/or poor quality inflammatory fat intake
- Low fiber consumption
- Inactivity, lack of good quality exercise
Besides causing you do gain weight and making you difficult to lose weight, excess insulin will also make you sick and prone to issues like poor concentration, weakness, irritability, brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, excess sweating, and inhibited cognitive function.
THE SOLUTION TO INSULIN RESISTANCE
You need to detoxify the liver by eliminating inflammatory fats and carbohydrates while incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods in your diet.
2. Metabolic Exercise
Incorporating proper metabolic exercise and balancing macronutrients helps restore metabolically active tissue.
3. Lifestyle Changes
Making better lifestyle changes and transforming habits is key to reversing insulin resistance. In other words, you need to avoid poor choices such as smoking, alcohol, excess stress, and sleep deprivation.