What is Insulin?
The insulin hormone is secreted by the pancreas. This hormone helps the body utilize blood glucose (blood sugar) by binding with receptors on cells like a key would fit into a lock. Once the ?key? (insulin) has ?unlocked? the door, the glucose can pass from the blood into the cell. Inside the cell, glucose is either used for energy or stored for future use in the form of glycogen in the liver or muscle cells.
What is insulin resistance?
Insulin resistance occurs when the normal amount of insulin hormone secreted by the pancreas is not able to unlock the cells? doors. To maintain normal blood glucose, the pancreas secretes additional insulin hormone. In some cases (about 1/3 of people with insulin resistance), when the cells resist or do not respond to the high levels of insulin, glucose builds up in the blood resulting in high blood glucose or type two diabetes. It is important to note that insulin resistance, if caught in time, does not always lead to diabetes. Insulin resistance often runs in families, meaning you are at higher risk for insulin resistance if there is a history of the condition in your family.
What are the symptoms?
Your body is deprived of much needed energy when the body's cells resist the insulin hormone. This leads to fatigue and weight gain, caused in part by carbohydrate cravings. More and more people in the United States are becoming obese, physically inactive or both. Obesity and physical inactivity aggravate insulin hormone resistance. In addition, people who are insulin resistant typically have an imbalance in their blood lipids (blood fat). They have an increased level of triglycerides (blood fat) and a decreased level of HDL (good) cholesterol. Imbalances in triglycerides and HDL cholesterol increase the risk for heart disease. But not all people who have insulin resistance are overweight.
The Insulin Hormone Test
If you are experiencing any or all of the symptoms of insulin resistance, your expert bioidentical hormones physician may order a quick and easy blood test. The insulin hormone test usually only takes about 15 minutes and is performed at a Quest Lab nearest to your location. Overnight fasting is required, usually for 10 to 12 hours prior to the test. You are simply required to bring a form provided by your BodyLogicMD affiliated physician to the lab, and Quest will take care of getting the test results back into your BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians? hands.
Insulin hormone resistance is both preventable and reversible. If an insulin hormone test reveals that you are suffering from insulin resistance, your doctor will prescribe a customized nutrition, pharmaceutical grade supplement and fitness plan in conjunction with possible bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
As far as proper nutrition, research indicates that low fat diets may aggravate the effect of insulin hormone resistance on blood lipids. A diet low in saturated fat (less than 10 percent of total calories) and more moderate in total fat content (40% of total calories) may be more beneficial. This recommendation is different from the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet that many health organizations recommend to help prevent heart disease. It is recommended to decrease fat intake to less than 30 percent of calories. These in addition to proper exercise will serve to improve the function of insulin because it makes the body cells more sensitive to the insulin hormone.
Contact the BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone doctors nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help resolve insulin hormone resistance.