What to do if there’s a certain degree of Insulin Resistance?
One of the main reasons why cells lose their sensitivity to insulin signaling, i.e. why they become more insulin resistant, is the excess accumulation of fat cells or adipocytes, particularly in the abdominal adipose tissue, which causes the waist circumference perimeter to increase, further increasing the risk of other serious cardiovascular problems.
If we don’t take the necessary measures, over time the cells will become more insulin resistant and blood glucose (glycemia) levels will increase more and more. If blood glucose levels increase, the pancreas will secrete more insulin, making its blood levels increase too. Excess blood insulin is known as hyperinsulinism or hyperinsulinemia. If this situation worsens and the pancreas loses its ability to maintain blood glucose levels within normal values, a condition called Pre-Diabetes arises, and if the problem persists it’ll lead to Type 2 Diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which (fasting) blood sugar levels rise above normal but not high enough to be considered Diabetes.
Fortunately, Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented at the stage where cells are still insulin resistant, but blood glucose levels are still normal (70-110 mg / dl). At this time, it is crucial to know how insulin resistant our cells are so we can act immediately, taking all necessary measures to prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
The good news is that reversing or minimizing our insulin resistance is in our hands, and thus we can make our cells regain the insulin sensitivity they need to metabolize glucose properly, maintaining our blood sugar levels within normal range, and preventing our risk of developing Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.