Do you know that an estimated 87000000 American adults are insulin resistant? Knowing how to treat insulin resistance and what the symptoms are can be …
– Do you know that an estimated
87 million American adults
are insulin resistant?
Do you even know what
insulin symptoms are?
Let's find out.
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Insulin resistance is when
the cells of your body
resist allowing insulin
in and that's a problem
because your insulin escorts
glucose into your cells
so they can make energy.
Lack of exercise, excess body fat, smoking
and not getting enough
sleep can drive your body
into becoming insulin resistant.
When your cells become more
and more resistant to insulin,
your pancreas has to produce
more and more insulin.
It's like trying to shout over a crowd.
Over time, the beta cells in
your pancreas get worn out
and then years of silent
insulin resistance
becomes suddenly evident
as your blood sugars rise
and you develop Type 2 diabetes
and at this time your
liver has had to store
all the extra glucose in
the form of fat deposits.
It's called nonalcoholic
fatty liver disease
and it can lead to liver damage
plus the highly inflammatory
nature of the extra insulin
and glucose can cause clogged
arteries and heart disease.
So how do you know if you
have insulin resistance?
Here are the most common
insulin resistant symptoms.
A thick waist.
My patients are always so
focused on their weight
when the key measurement
of insulin resistance
is not pounds.
It's inches.
Forget the scale and
get out a tape measure.
If you're a woman
and your waist measurement
is over 35 inches,
you may be insulin resistant
and if you're a man
and if your waist measurement
is over 40 inches,
you're heading down the
road to prediabetes too
and that's only for Caucasians,
Black and Hispanic people.
For Asian people, 31 and
a half inches for women
and 35 and a half inches for men
increases the odds of insulin resistance
and metabolic syndrome.
Now, metabolic syndrome is
an inflammatory condition
that causes hardening of the arteries,
heart disease and stroke
and it's always accompanied
by insulin resistance.
So if you have a thick waist
plus three or more of the following signs,
you likely have metabolic
syndrome and insulin resistance.
High triglycerides.
Triglycerides are literally
three glucose molecules
on a fat carrier.
Triglycerides are what the liver produces
in response to high blood sugar levels
and it's these triglycerides
that are stored in your liver
and your thick waist.
Triglyceride levels of 150 or higher
are signs that you are insulin resistant.
Low HDLs.
High density lipid protein or
HDL levels below 50 for women
and below 40 for men are dangerous.
That's because HDL,
specifically large particle HDLs
are protective.
Your HDLs should make
up at least one third
of your total cholesterol
and half of all your
cholesterol particles.
Both HDL and LDL should be
large buoyant particles,
not small dense particles.
Small LDL particle size.
Many doctors do not
run these more advanced
particle size cholesterol tests
but if your average LDL size
is less than 218 angstroms,
it's a classic sign of insulin resistance.
Small, dense LDL clogs your arteries
and leads to stroke and heart attacks.
Large, buoyant particles
are what your body uses
to make hormones.
Not all cholesterol is created equally.
Ideally, your average LDL size
should be greater than 222 angstroms.
The bigger, the better.
High blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is
greater than 130 over 85
or greater or you have to take medication
to control your blood pressure,
you may be heading towards
metabolic syndrome.
High blood sugar.
You may be pre-diabetic if
you're fasting blood levels
are over 100 milligrams per deciliter
and you may be diabetic if
your blood sugar is over 125
but because you're resistant to insulin,
you may lack energy like
your blood sugar's low
when in fact it can't get into your cells.
Dark skin patches.
If insulin resistance is severe,
you may develop discoloration
called acanthosis nigricans.
All that extra sugar floating
around in your blood stream
increases melanin and collagen production
which darkens and thickens
your skin in certain areas
like the back of your neck, your elbows,
knees, knuckles and armpits.
Elevated hemoglobin A1c.
Hemoglobin A1c measured what
your average blood sugar
has been over the past six to eight weeks.
If it's creeping towards six,
you're becoming insulin resistant.
I like my patients to strive
to keep their hemoglobin A1c
under 5.7 which they're able to do
with my insulin resistant diet
combined with my HIIT exercise.
You can get access to
both my easy to follow
insulin resistant diet and HIIT exercise
in our Hormone Reboot Training.
Believe me, it's possible to
reverse insulin resistance
with the right support,
healthy lifestyle choices
and sometimes a few key nutrients
which we discuss in our
hormone support group.
Join us.
If you don't try and reverse
your insulin resistance,
you have a 30 to 50% chance
of developing full blown Type 2 diabetes
and after years of high insulin levels
and cell damaging high blood sugar,
people with insulin resistance
are at a high risk for
cardiovascular disease.
Insulin resistance doubles for risk
for heart attack and stroke
and triples the odds
that your heart attack
or brain attack will kill you.
Losing weight, getting regular exercise
and not skimping on sleep
can help improve your insulin sensitivity.
You can't choose between
dieting or exercising
to lose weight.
You need to do both
in order to improve
your insulin sensitivity
and reverse insulin resistance.
One study found that overweight people
who lost 10% of their weight
through diet plus exercise
saw insulin sensitivity
improve by an impressive 80%.
Those who lost the same amount
of weight through diet alone
got a 38% increase and those
who simply got more exercise
but didn't lose much weight
saw almost no shift in their
level of insulin resistance.
I'll see you in the next video.

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