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October 26, 2011 • Diabetes, Healthy Living

The Lowdown on Insulin Resistance

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The underlying metabolic problem in type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance. Victims of type 2 diabetes typically suffer from some degree of insulin resistance for many years prior to developing the disease in full. If your insulin doesn’t work well and you eat the Great White Hazards, your pancreas is forced to release that much more insulin to get all of the blood sugar into your cells.

Repeating this scenario over time eventually outstrips the supply of insulin the pancreas is capable of producing. As a result, you have inadequate blood insulin levels, and your cells are not able to take up the blood glucose they need to survive. Blood glucose levels then rise abnormally high, signifying the development of full-blown type 2 diabetes.

For more dietary guidance check out my Just Say Whoa! to Type 2 Diabetes Grocery List if you have prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, or if you have or think you may have insulin resistance.