Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas and helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Insulin’s job is to get glucose out of your bloodstream and into your cells so that you can use it for energy. However, if you're constantly pummelling your body with sugar, you’re stressed out or you’re not sleeping well, insulin overcompensates. Eventually, your cells begin to ignore or “resist” the call of insulin.
When your cells “resist” the call of insulin, blood sugar or glucose levels stay elevated, fasting insulin is higher than it should be and you have a harder time burning fat. Insulin resistance is extremely common. Heart disease, dementia, diabetes, obesity and just about all the major chronic diseases are linked with insulin resistance.
The good news is that you can reverse it and make your body insulin sensitive again. When you do this, inflammation calms down, you lose weight, and many symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, increased hunger and cravings and mood swings disappear.
When it comes to dealing with insulin resistance, the conventional medical mindset is more of a "wait and see" approach.
Typically, when your doctor suspects you have insulin resistance or may be close to the prediabetic range, they will flag your blood sugar on your tests.
They may say things like "let's watch it" or "try to eat better and exercise more", which can be maddening for patients who don't understand what they are doing wrong when it comes to blood sugar control.
If their patient is already in the diabetic range, they will prescribe medications that are designed to lower blood sugar levels.
While this may be effective and even life-saving in the short term, it does not address the underlying causes of why they have insulin resistance.
While conventional medicine may only suggest prescription medicines, there is a better way to treat and reverse insulin resistance conditions by addressing all the root causes.
This can include wearing a continuous glucose monitor and working with a nutritionist and addressing gut dysbiosis, food intolerances and other hormonal imbalances beyond insulin.
Having insulin resistance doesn’t have to mean you can’t lead a vibrant, rich life.
It can be reversed when you work with the right guide by your side so that you can look and feel your absolute best. But it is key to get the right kind of care, as soon as possible.
You may have heard that insulin resistance can be caused by poor diet, namely a diet that is high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods.
Lack of adequate protein and fibre and lack of movement all contribute as well. Other factors include unmanaged chronic stress and high cortisol levels, exposure to environmental toxins (such as pesticides and pollutants), shifts in hormone balance including low levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone that greatly impact insulin and aspects of your genetics.
We use a variety of functional medicine tests and tools to help identify the root causes of insulin resistance. We sometimes recommend a continuous glucose monitor and food diary and close work with our nutritionist. We may also test for hormone levels such as cortisol, thyroid hormones, and reproductive hormones which can all impact insulin sensitivity. Supplements such as chromium, magnesium, fish oil and berberine can all help.
At London Bioidentical Hormones, our team specialises in the most advanced natural methods to support you through your healing journey and to help restore resiliency and immune function.
Following advanced lab tests and a detailed discussion of your symptoms and history, our team can map out an effective treatment plan that we will execute together with plenty of support and guidance.
If you have been searching for a functional medicine approach to resolving insulin resistance and are looking for answers, book a free call with our team today!
London Bioidentical Hormones is a Virtual Practice in the United Kingdom and serves patients throughout the United Kingdom.