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What Causes Insulin ResistanceInsulin resistance has many factors that contribute to its presence in the body. In essence, our environment and lifestyles have evolved too rapidly for our bodies to keep pace. We are still genetically "wired" to thrive on the entrenched habits of our ancestors who consumed different, nutrient-rich foods, a diet low in carbohydrates and also sustained greater levels of movement and exercise.

Some people may also have a genetic predisposition to insulin resistance. Others develop insulin resistance through unhealthy lifestyles.

Over time, the above factors have damaged the complex ability of our bodies' cells to properly utilize insulin to convert glucose to energy.

This results in devastating effects:

  • Devastating Effects from Insulin resistanceInsulin, which acts like a key in a lock, is less effective in opening up the cell and allowing glucose to pass through to be converted to energy. Unable to enter the cell, glucose is conveyed via the bloodstream to the liver where it converted to fat, ehich can lead leadi to weight gain and obesity.

  • Unused insulin also enters the blood stream where it causes a variety of conditions, including Pre-Diabetes. which is a reversible condition. This latter condition is reversible via a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise to lose weight. But if neglected, pre-diabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, which is irreversible in the vast majority of cases and may require daily insulin injections. Type 2 diabetes significantly increases the risk of developing blindness and kidney disease and the need for amputations.

  • Other attendant disorders of Insulin Resistance are the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors called metabolic syndrome (syndrome x) and the hormone imbalance called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of female infertility as well as multiple symptoms including skin conditions, excess facial and body hair and male pattern baldness in woman.



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"The United States is experiencing an epidemic of obesity. Thirty-four percent of adults are overweight and an additional 30% are obese. Thus, 2 of every 3 Americans have an unhealthy body weight. Obesity contributes to over 300,000 deaths per year, principally through its association with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and several cancers. Obesity currently is the second leading cause of preventable death and will soon surpass cigarette smoking, the leading cause. Health economists estimate that obesity costs our nation approximately $100 billion a year. And these figures say nothing about the personal suffering of those affected by obesity."
Testimony of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, 9.15.2004 (.PDF)

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