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Do you Suffer from Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance is a leading cause in many different health conditions. Including but not limited to: Thyroid Issues, Migraines/Headaches, PCOS, Chronic Fatigue, Low Testosterone in Men, Acne, High Cholesterol and more.

· Hormone Health,Blood Sugar,Thyroid

Unfortunately Insulin Resistance is a serious issue that nearly all Americans are unknowingly struggling with.

Why is this information so important? Because if left untreated Insulin Resistance leads to:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attacks
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular Disease.

Many do not fit the physical stereotype of – Female, Fat and Forty. If they do – the gallbladder is removed and hormones are prescribed. The early influence of insulin resistance usually manifests in the middle-aged man, but young men in their late 20’s may also have functional imbalances in their hormone physiology resulting in Andropause or more popularly known in advertising as “Low-T”.

How Do You Know If Insulin Resistance is involved in your health conditions? Well for tartars, we have yet to see anyone in our Practice who does not have some varying degree of insulin resistance. Even children show signs of it.

Symptoms of Insulin Resistance

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fogginess and inability to focus. Sometimes the fatigue is physical, but often it is mental.
  • High blood sugar. Mild, brief periods of low blood sugar are normal during the day, especially if meals are not eaten on a regular schedule. But prolonged hyperglycemia with some of the symptoms listed here, especially physical and mental fatigue, are not normal. Feeling agitated, jittery, moody, nauseated, or having a headache is common in Insulin Resistance, without immediate relief once food is eaten.
  • Intestinal bloating. Most intestinal gas is produced from dysbiosis.
  • Insulin Resistance sufferers who eat carbohydrates suffer from gas, lots of it.
  • Sleepiness. Many people with Insulin Resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a meal exceeding their Carbohydrate Tolerance.
  • Fatigue after meals, craving sugar after meals, must have dessert
  • Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty losing weight. The fat in IR is generally stored around the midsection in both males and females.
  • Increased cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Increased blood pressure. It is a fact that most people with hypertension have too much insulin and are Insulin Resistant. It is often possible to show a direct relationship between the level of insulin and blood pressure: as insulin levels elevate, so does blood pressure.
  • Depression. Because carbohydrates are a natural “downer,” depressing the brain, it is not uncommon to see many depressed persons who also have Insulin Resistance.
  • Thyroid Issues: the thyroid gland is intimately connected to our ability to process insulin.
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Acne

Early symptoms of Insulin Resistance induced Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) include:

  • Insulin resistance symptoms listed above.
  • Few or no menstrual periods. This can range from less than nine menstrual cycles in a year (more than 35 days between cycles) to no menstrual periods. Some women with PCOS have regular periods but are not ovulating every month. This means that their ovaries are not releasing an egg each month.
  • Heavy, irregular vaginal bleeding. About 30% of women with PCOS have this symptom.
  • Hair loss from the scalp and hair growth (hirsutism) on the face, chest, back, stomach, thumbs, or toes. About 70% of women in the United States with PCOS complain of these hair problems caused by high androgen levels.
  • Acne and oily skin, caused by high androgen levels.

Insulin Resistance/PCOS symptoms that may develop gradually include:

  • Weight gain or upper body obesity (more around the abdomen than the hips). This is linked to high androgen levels.
  • Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair (alopecia). This is linked to high androgen levels.
  • Repeat miscarriages. The cause for this is not known. These miscarriages may be linked to high insulin levels, delayed ovulation, or other problems such as the quality of the egg or how the egg attaches to the uterus.
  • Inability to become pregnant (infertility). This is because the ovaries are not releasing an egg (not ovulating).
  • Symptoms of too much insulin (hyperinsulinemia) and insulin resistance, which can include upper body weight gain and skin changes, such as skin tags or dark, velvety skin patches under the arm, on the neck, or in the groin and genital area.
  • Breathing problems while sleeping (obstructive sleep apnea). This is linked to both obesity and insulin resistance.

Early symptoms of Insulin Resistance induced Andropause (Low-T) in Men:

  • Insulin resistance symptoms listed above.
  • Decrease in libido or desire for sex
  • Decrease in spontaneous morning erections (most common early sign)
  • Decrease in fullness of erections
  • Difficulty in maintaining or starting full erection
  • Baldness and/or extremity hair thinning
  • Fat accumulation around the waist
  • Urinary symptoms; dribbling, pain and/or frequency; urgency; interrupted stream
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Spells of mental fatigue and inability to concentrate
  • Depression; Lack of enthusiasm for life
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Decreased initiative
  • Muscle soreness
  • Decrease in physical stamina

If men experienced the monthly ebb and flow of hormones, they may be more inclined to recognize the impact hormones have on their body. Most of the symptoms caused by the insulin resistance are chalked up to the male aging process. Andropause usually manifests in the middle-aged man, but young men in their late 20’s may also have functional imbalances in their hormone physiology. Again it’s just men being moody and not the early onset of insulin resistance.

Is it the Insulin Resistance or the PCOS(women) / Low-T(men)

This is the old chicken or the egg argument. Take out the influence of the insulin resistance and the likelihood of having hormonal issue is greatly diminished.

Insulin Resistance and High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is the major problem with insulin resistance. The most common lifestyle recommendation is low fat/high carbohydrate diet which many find unsuccessful in lowering their cholesterol. Drugs are prescribed to lower the cholesterol. The blood glucose component is ignored until a pre-diabetic stage is reached.

Until recently, blood sugar and cholesterol were looked at as separate issues. Now, we know they are directly related. Remember, when an individual loses the ability to transport glucose into their cells, the body will resort into shifting the blood sugar into fat (lipogenesis) and therefore abnormal cholesterol levels will be seen.

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