Insulin is the primary hormone your body needs to control blood sugar and use glucose for energy. Over time, due to 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 the 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 of Metabolic Syndrome (“Pre-diabetes”), Type 2 diabetes, and often Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). There is 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, 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 to detect high insulin levels.
Rhett Women’s Center also offers insulin resistance for men.