Have you been feeling tired, hungry and gaining weight? Hitting a wall in the afternoons and feeling “blahhh” more often than not? Maybe waking at night to go to toilet or feeling thirstier than normal?
These can be common signs of insulin resistance.
Did you know it is estimated 500,000 people in Australia suffer from undiagnosed insulin resistance? Most of them are unaware they have it and it just creeps up on them. I over hear them saying things like, “I think I’m just getting old” and leave it at that, like there is nothing you can do about it.
Well, that’s so not true! And it makes me even more determined to teach you otherwise. In truth, it’s a sign, your blood sugar levels are not as good as they should be. You don’t necessarily have diabetes, but you’re well on the way towards it.
Getting your blood sugar sorted, will mean you have less chance of getting diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gaining weight or not being able to lose it, polycystic ovarian syndrome, breast cancer, and much more.
Good news is, it’s not that hard to manage and heal. Let’s take a look at insulin resistance more closely.
What is insulin resistance?
Insulin, is a hormone produced by your pancreas that helps your cells throughout your body absorb glucose and use it for energy. In insulin resistance, muscle, fat and liver cells do not respond properly to insulin and can’t easily absorb glucose from your bloodstream.
So, the body needs higher levels of insulin to do the same job it used to do. Your little pancreas has to keep working harder and harder to keep up with the demand, until finally it can’t.
Without enough insulin, excess blood sugar or glucose builds up in your bloodstream. Fat starts creeping on around your waist, you feel tired, irritable, crave biscuits, cakes, bread, pasta, lollies, feel achy and hormonal.
Hormonal because it starts affecting the feedback systems in your endocrine system that affect your thyroid, adrenals and sex hormones. Finally, prediabetes, diabetes, chronic infections, poor wound healing, high BP, high cholesterol, cataracts, PCOS, breast cancer and much more.
I hear people say, it came out of nowhere. It didn’t. It had been brewing for a while, you just weren’t aware of it. There’s often several years before the signs and symptoms start getting really loud. It’s OK, awareness is the first step.
Major contributors to insulin resistance are eating too many sugars (lollies, dried fruit, alcohol, etc) and refined carbs (cakes, biscuits, bread, pasta, etc) poor sleep, chronic stress, lack of exercise, family history, low vitamin D, smoking, carrying excess belly fat for extended periods, chronic inflammation, hormone imbalances.
Can it be reversed? Hell yes!
Menopause and insulin resistance
Statistics show peri-menopausal and menopausal women have a higher chance of getting insulin resistance problems because of the fluctuations in their oestrogens, which affects their entire hormonal system.
Team this with other brewing hormonal imbalances in your thyroid, adrenals and sex hormones and you have an unstable blood sugar cocktail.
Balancing insulin is key to managing many of the symptoms of the menopausal years, which can include fatigue, mood swings, hard to concentrate, difficulty sleeping and urinating often.
Good news is it’s all fixable.
First step is working out what is going on and being aware of it. Then, it is seeking help from a holistic health professionals like myself at Feeling Great Health Solutions to formulate you a plan to get you moving in the right direction for feeling great once again.
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You deserve to feel fantastic every day!