It is estimated that up to 25% of adults suffer from some form of insulin resistance.
By itself, this condition is not very dangerous, but if left untreated, it can lead to the development of prediabetes and even type 2 diabetes, a disease that significantly affects the quality and length of life.
In order to notice the danger in time, it is important to control the level of glucose in the blood, as well as pay attention to other signs of insulin resistance.
Obesity in the waist
In women, excess weight is primarily distributed on the hips and buttocks, the apple type of obesity, in which stocks are accumulated in the waist area, is more typical for men.
It is all the more important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you have a tummy.
The fact is that fat in the abdomen – abdominal – is especially active in the production of hormones that affect glucose tolerance and thereby increase the risk of diabetes.
Check your glucose levels, make an appointment with an endocrinologist, and be sure to review your diet and lifestyle: a diet low in light carbohydrates and sports should help.
Pimples and enlarged pores
With increased insulin resistance, the body begins to actively produce sebum, which in turn leads to the expansion of pores and the formation of acne.
If this has become your problem, do not rush to a beautician – perhaps you should first make an appointment with an endocrinologist.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Strictly speaking, this is not a symptom, but a factor that seriously increases the likelihood of developing insulin resistance. Recent studies have confirmed a direct link between a diagnosed PCOS and an increased risk of insulin resistance.
We lose 70 to 100 hairs every day, and that’s okay. But if you notice unaccounted hair on your comb or pillow, check your glucose levels and make an appointment with your doctor: hair loss is another sign of developing insulin resistance.
The ankles are most commonly swollen, but stagnation of fluids can form on other parts of the body.
The fact is that it is insulin that orders the kidneys to remove sodium and fluid from the body – and if the balance of this hormone is disturbed, edema can form, as well as bloating. Do not ignore the symptom, see a doctor.
Elevated blood sugar
An obvious symptom, yet one that is often overlooked. If the glucose level does not go beyond the red line, but approaches the upper limit of the norm or slightly exceeds it, do not ignore and do not wait until it passes by itself – consult a doctor. This may be the first sign of a serious illness.
cravings for carbohydrates
When insulin resistance develops, the body loses its ability to extract energy from glucose and lacks the strength to function – despite the fact that there is enough or even excess sugar in the blood.
And because the brain is sure that we need more, even more glucose – and we want more, even more carbohydrates. If suddenly buns, potatoes, sweets seemed especially desirable to you – and this craving does not go away, consult a doctor as soon as possible.