5 Signs You Are Insulin Resistant
Feeling sluggish, run down, and just plain drained?
Everything appears to be “normal”, but you just don’t feel your best. Insulin resistance could be the culprit.
Insulin resistance is when a person’s body tissues have a lowered level of response to insulin. The hormone insulin plays a major role in the body by regulating the level of glucose or sugar in the body.
If you are insulin resistant your cells cannot take in the glucose and as a result, the level of the glucose in the blood remains high.
Many individuals are insulin resistant for years and don’t even know it. If left untreated, insulin resistant can lead to diabetes.
But the good news is there are 5 warning signs that your blood sugar levels are too high. If you make changes now, you can reverse insulin resistance and prevent diabetes.
1. You crave carbs and sugar
Do you love a sweet treat? Or maybe you love those salty junk foods? These cravings are fueled by insulin resistance. The more you eat them, the more your body wants them. Unfortunately, this vicious cycle can mess with your hormones and waistline. That is why breaking a sugar addiction is straight up hard. Constantly craving these types of carbohydrates is not normal.
2. You can’t lose weight
Are those pesky extra pounds stuck on you like glue, no matter how hard you to try to shake them? If you can’t seem to lose weight no MATTER WHAT, you are insulin resistant. Women who are insulin resistant classically carry their extra weight around their stomach. It doesn’t matter how many calories you cut, if you are insulin resistant the pounds aren’t going to budge unless you improve your insulin sensitivity.
3. More frequent infections
If you are constantly getting infections and falling ill, there is more to it than just bad luck. When you have high blood sugar levels, your immune system is compromised and your more likely to get sick. Pay attention to how often you get uti’s and yeast infections, it is connected to how your body processes sugars. Most women don’t see the connection, but it definitely exists.
There is tired and then there is TIRED (even when you get a good night’s sleep)!! There is nothing worse than not having the energy to do the things you want to do or have to do. Being fatigued is a classic sign that your body is working overtime to heal and repair. Most people will ignore this symptom, but you really need to listen to your body. You will know when your tiredness is not normal.
5. Skin tags/darkening of the skin
Insulin resistance causes darkening of the skin usually around the neck and areas where there are folds in the skin. You may also notice skin tags. Skin tags can occur on the neck, eyelids, underarms, in your groin area, and under your breasts. Pay attention to the health of your skin, it tells a story.
These 5 signs might not seem like a big deal, but they are warning signs that something is off. You are the best advocate for your health. You just need to listen to what your body is telling you. Half the battle is knowing what is wrong, once you know that you can treat the problem.