What does Insulin Sensitivity mean?
All of the foods we eat are transformed into proteins, micronutrients and glucose, and each of these fulfills a specific function within our body. Glucose is used as fuel or “energy” by our cells, so our body can function properly. Insulin is the hormone responsible for sending a signal to the cells to allow glucose to enter.
The fuel or “energy” our cells need, varies constantly based on the activity we do. Our brain has to maintain proper balance between the glucose we eat and the energy our cells require. Therefore, our brain needs to monitor the food we eat, our blood glucose levels, our cells’ energy requirements and send signal the pancreas so it can release the exact amount of insulin we need to cover our cells’ energy needs. Then, insulin sends a “signal” to the cells to allow glucose to enter so they can use it, maintaining blood glucose levels within the normal range.
If this balance isn’t properly maintained, this means cells have lost their “sensitivity” to perceive insulin signals, in another word they are “insulin resistant” or “resistant to insulin”.
If a person’s cells lose a degree of insulin sensitivity, this can be reversed, this means cells can be made less resistant to this hormone’s signals produced in the pancreas, if we take some recommendations into account such as, lifestyle changes, eating healthy foods, increasing physical activity and trying to maintain an ideal weight. Some scientific studies indicate that Chromium Picolinate can also help cells recover a certain degree of insulin sensitivity. Every effort you do to help your cells become less resistant to insulin signals will help you enjoy a better quality of life.