What is insulin resistance?
Insulin resistance is a condition when the cells in your body do not respond properly to your insulin and can not use glucose from the blood for energy. This condition is becoming common among youth which is mostly happening as a result of unhealthy lifestyles. Dr. Narenradra Gupta, a diabetologist of the city said “Insulin resistance causes slow progressive or declining insulin’s function and insulin's ability to control the sugar levels in our blood.”
Is insulin resistance the same as diabetes?
Dr. Gupta said, “there is no difference between insulin resistance and diabetes, it is a stage before blood sugar level goes up, insulin resistance takes 15-18 years to develop into diabetic condition.” He added, “With insulin resistance, people are more likely at the risk of type 2 diabetes.”
Earlier, it was believed that Insulin resistance is one condition that does not affect the young, but nowadays more young people are getting diagnosed with this problem. Some of the reasons causing insulin resistance are :
imbalance in lifestyle
Not exercising and staying dizzy all day long.
Consuming high calories food.
Dr. Gupta mentioned there are some visible signs, which patients can easily notice, and report their problem on time. Here are some of the symptoms shared by Dr. Gupta:
The first thing a person can notice in their report after insulin resistance changes in cholesterol pattern.
Patients will feel hungry more often, which results in the craving of calorie-dense food. Consumption of calories dense food can in turn make you feel better psychologically for 10 minutes but then the situation gets worse.
Consuming high calory food causes central obesity and is one of the signs of insulin resistance. This causes being overweight.
Pigmentation on face, neck, arms, and skin tags.
Blood pressure climbs up.
Elevated levels of blood sugar. When you eat too much, due to the craving for calorie-dense food, eventually, even a small amount of meal can lead to a high blood sugar level
Feeling a continuous fatigue
If you notice the increased circumference of the stomach in comparison to the circumference of the hips, it may be a symptom of insulin resistance.
Tips to manage insulin resistance
Dr. Gupta gives hope to all the patients suffering from insulin resistance, he mentioned below written steps through which one can reverse the condition of insulin resistance:
Drinking lots of water can help an individual to fix their problem.
Food is an important aspect, therefore it is necessary to consume food on time Dr. Gupta suggests “ 5 small frequent meals a day.”
People with insulin resistance ignore daily workouts due to usual tiredness, but regular exercise is necessary. One can fix small durations for their daily exercise routine and can eventually increase their time.
Going for small walks is really helpful. Start with 15 minutes a day and gradually increase the timing with your comfort.
Life is uncertain and sometimes this uncertainty causes stress, handling stress must be a priority for you to manage insulin resistance else the condition can get worse.
Healthy lifestyle and eating habits.