What is Insulin Resistance??? by Dr. King

  • Feb 4 2019

The effectiveness of the blood sugar balancing hormones insulin and glucagon are dependent on the hormone cell receptors. Remember that all hormones are released by endocrine glands, but their target tissues must have available receptors for the hormone to deliver a message to the cell. In this case, insulin must be able to dock on a cell’s insulin receptor site in order to deliver the message that glucose is available for absorption. When receptor sites are damaged or blocked, insulin and glucose are left in the blood, ineffectively circulating at high levels. This is insulin resistance, the metabolic state that occurs when your cells become resistant to insulin and, therefore, glucose. This dysfunction is behind type 2 diabetes, but high insulin and insulin resistance can begin to develop years before blood sugar levels are considered seriously elevated, causing an onslaught of miserable symptoms. 

Here are some more specific risk factors for developing insulin resistance: 

Family history of diabetes 

Gestational diabetes 

Apple shape (more weight around your middle) 

Polycystic ovaries (PCOS) 

Diet high in refined carbohydrates 

Sedentary lifestyle 

BMI greater than 29 

Use of antidepressants (especially SSRIs) 

Use of steroid medications 

Chronic stress 

Autoimmune disease 

Toxic exposure 

Insomnia and chronically poor sleep 

Learn more about insulin resistance and correction set up your Functional Medicine appointment today or start reading more in Dr. King’s comprehensive new book.

“Is is me or is it HOT in here” by Dr. Stephanie King, DC, RN much more than women’s hormones this book looks at the whole body and how hormone dysregulation affects all pathways and how to correct naturally.

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