What is insulin Resistance (IR)?
IR is a condition in which the insulin in our body is not able to perform its function effectively; forcing the body to produce more insulin to compensate for the ineffectiveness. To say that insulin is ineffective is not correct, the problem is that the body cannot effectively utilize the amount of sugar ingested.
Trying to increase the body’s sugar usage through exercise cannot be a long-term solution. On the other hand, decreasing caloric input into the blood reduces the carbohydrates, this coupled with lifestyle movements, provides lasting health benefits. If this is done in the early stages of diabetes, the disease can be reversed. If corrective steps are not taken early enough, the pancreas will deteriorate, which will push the patient into insulin dependent diabetes that is the same as Type-1 Diabetes.
The excess production of insulin keeps the blood sugar under control but deteriorates the pancreas and impacts other vital organs like the heart and kidneys, aside from causing inflammation, which is a risk factor for lifestyle diseases.
How To Measure IR?
Food related functions of insulin:
When Does IR Start And How To Recognise It:
IR typically starts ten to twelve years before the onset of Diabetes. For most Indians, the bulging belly is the first sign of IR. Low High-Density Lipoprotein and/or high triglycerides are the laboratory proofs for IR. Apart from some unfortunate children who suffer from childhood obesity due to wrong eating by their mothers during pregnancy; the beginning of IR generally coincides with the first job or first year of marriage.
Early Action Is The Key For A Lifetime of Happiness:
IR generates fat. But before the fat generation begins, our bodies dispose of the excess calories by increasing the metabolism. This is the period when people wrongly believe that nothing happens to them even if they do not stick to healthy eating habits. But once the fat is generated, it is difficult to get rid of it, because the body is designed to retain fat, so it does not cooperate in fat reducing measures.
The Cure For Diabetes Is Almost Always Worse Than The Disease:
Dutch Winter Syndrome:
Fat People's Pets Were Also Fat:
In an interesting and hilarious study, a US researcher had found that fat people’s pets were also fat. So most of the times, it is not in the genes, but the thinking of a person about the food that drives people to LSDs. But even if you had been provided with genes that predispose you to Diabetes, you still can prevent/reverse it.
Neglecting Personal Health:
Diabetes or for that matter even cancer takes decades to develop and most LSDs give telltale signs during the development stage. But people ignore them under the false belief that “nothing happens to me”. When the disease finally strikes, they adopt the “I can’t do anything” attitude. The solution is to love your body.