What does not snap, crackle, or pop, BUT will take years off your life? Insulin Resistance.
What is this? In simple terms, everytime you eat, the carbohydrates in your diet (sugars, starches) are converted into glucose, which is the basic fuel every cell in your body needs in order to make energy and stay alive. The glucose leaves your digestive tract, enters the blood stream and then, under normal conditions, leaves the blood and enters the cells all over your body.
The tricky part is that glucose does not have the key needed to open the cell wall door lock and get into the cells. The key is insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas. Insulin resistance is a condition where the lock on the cell is sticky, kind of like someone stuck gum into it, and it makes it very hard for insulin to do its job and open the cell wall door for glucose to get in. When only some doors open, only some glucose makes it into the cell, leaving the rest to keep circulating in the blood and thus raising blood sugar levels.
But this condition can be changed through your own power of choice. And no, medication is often NOT necessary to treat insulin resistance.
Since 4 out of 10 adults are suffering with this condition, you should make sure you know whether or not you are one of these. There is ONE single lab test that can pick this up. Has your doctor ordered it for you in the last year?
This is so important, I would pick up the phone and call the office TODAY if you don’t know what your Hemoglobin A1c number is. EVERYONE should have it checked every year. If the number is over 5% (31mmol/mol in UK/Canada) but less than 5.5% it’s important to keep an eye on it as some insulin resistance is probably going on. Over 5.5% (37 mmol/mol) you are already in the criteria for pre-diabetes.
So how can you de-arm it? Here are the 3 most powerful ways-
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