Insulin is the primary hormone your body needs to keep your blood sugar under control and to use glucose for energy. Over time, as the result of poor nutrition, lack of good sleep, and a high stress lifestyle, your cells become less efficient at using insulin, a condition known as insulin resistance. As insulin resistance progresses, your body produces more insulin which promotes storage of fat, increases your risk for premature aging, heart disease, dementia, and cancer.
Insulin resistance is a slow progressing process that is the cause Metabolic Syndrome (“Pre-diabetes”), Type 2 diabetes, and often Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). There are a multitude of symptoms associated with insulin resistance, including:
- Difficulty losing weight
- Fatigue (especially after eating)
- Obesity (especially around the abdomen)
- Sugar cravings
- Abnormal Hair Growth
If you have a family history of diabetes, or a personal history of elevated sugar during pregnancy, or any of these symptoms, you may have insulin resistance.
Early detection can help you reverse these symptoms, yet doctors rarely use this crucial test that can detect high insulin levels.
Rhett Women’s Center also offers insulin resistance for men.