Insulin Resistance and What you can do about it By: Dr. Kristy Lewis ND
By: Dr. Kristy Lewis
Insulin resistance is a condition in which the cells in your body become less responsive to the hormone insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and helps regulate blood sugar levels by allowing cells to take in glucose from the bloodstream. When cells become resistant to insulin, it becomes more difficult for glucose to enter the cells, leading to elevated blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance is often associated with conditions such as prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. It can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems. Here are some natural approaches that may help manage and improve insulin resistance:
Follow a well-balanced diet that includes whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Focus on fiber-rich foods and avoid or limit refined carbohydrates, sugary beverages, and processed foods.
Engage in regular physical activity, including aerobic exercises, strength training, and high-intensity interval training. Exercise can help improve insulin sensitivity and promote weight loss.
Maintain a healthy weight or work towards achieving a healthy weight through a combination of a balanced diet and regular exercise. Losing excess weight can significantly improve insulin resistance.
Chronic stress can contribute to insulin resistance. Implement stress-management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or engaging in hobbies and activities that you enjoy.
Get Adequate Sleep:
Prioritize getting enough quality sleep each night. Lack of sleep can disrupt hormone balance and lead to insulin resistance. Aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.
Some natural supplements may have potential benefits for insulin resistance, such as berberine, chromium, alpha-lipoic acid, and cinnamon. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplements to ensure safety and proper dosages.
Remember, natural approaches for managing insulin resistance should be used in conjunction with medical guidance. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or registered dietitian, who can evaluate your specific situation, provide personalized advice, and monitor your progress. They can help develop a comprehensive plan tailored to your needs and determine the most suitable treatment options for you.
About Dr. Kristy Lewis, N.D.
Dr. Kristy Lewis is a naturopathic doctor who wants to understand you and your current health challenges. Learn more or book an appointment: www.drkristylewis.ca.