Insulin Resistance Symptoms

There are several insulin resistance symptoms that can help you identify whether or not you have the condition. Even if you do, there are several principles you can employ in order to overcome the condition quickly and easily, including an insulin resistance diet.

The best insulin resistance diet is one that has a low intake of carbohydrates. Type 2 diabetes diets are the most effective in helping overcome insulin resistance symptoms.

What is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin Resistance Symptoms

Insulin is one of the hormones produced by the beta cells of the pancreas. Its primary function is to increase the uptake of glucose and other nutrients into body cells. Type 1 diabetics have few if any functioning beta cells in their pancreas, which means they produce little or no insulin and therefore glucose and nutrients can't get into the body cells. Accordingly, in order to survive, they must have regular insulin injections. Type 1 diabetes occurs primarily in children and teenagers and results from an autoimmune disorder caused by a viral infection.

The other type of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, occurs mainly in adults. It is also a condition whereby glucose and other nutrients can't get into the cells, but through a different mechanism. In this case, in the early stages, the pancreas is able to produce insulin, but after many years of excessive production of insulin the body cells have become resistant to the action of insulin. This is called 'insulin resistance'. However, if the condition is not rectified then eventually the beta cells become exhausted and stop functioning altogether.

Insulin resistance results in elevated levels of glucose in the blood stream. Since high levels of glucose in the blood stream damages blood vessels and nerves a whole range of serious health conditions may result. These include: heart disease, stroke, blindness, and peripheral neuropathy, plus many more!

What Causes Insulin Release?

When food is consumed insulin gets produced. Large meals or concentrated, carbohydrate-containing foods stimulate the most insulin secretion, followed by protein-containing foods. Foods high in fat stimulate very little insulin secretion unless they're consumed in very large amounts. The insulin receptors on cell membranes throughout the body then bind with the insulin that is circulating through the blood stream. This then allows the uptake of glucose and other nutrients into the cells.

The Causes of Insulin Resistance Symptoms:

Consuming large amounts of refined carbohydrates.

Refined carbohydrates are very concentrated sources of carbs and they all cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar when consumed, resulting in a corresponding rise in insulin secretion from the pancreas as well. Examples of refine carbohydrate food sources include: rice, bread, cereals, pastries, sugars, baked good, etc.

Consuming too much saturated fats and/ or trans-fats.

All the membranes of body cells are made up of phospholipids. Part of these membranes are composed of the fats we consume. If we consume a high amount of saturated fats and/ or trans-fats our cell membranes become less permeable, making the movement of nutrients and wastes into and out of the cells less efficient.

Deficiencies of Certain Nutrients

There are a range of essential nutrients that the body requires. These nutrients include: vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids. They have a countless number of functions in the body. Some of these nutrients are involved in transporting nutrients through cell membranes. Thease are known as glucose disposal agents.

Minimal Exercise Performance.

Activity and exercise cause the body to burn up fuel for energy. Therefore, the body needs to allow nutrients to flow into cells effectively. This means that the cell membranes must be permeable to allow the nutrients to get into the cells. Inactivity results in the cell membranes becoming less permeable over time, resulting in insulin resistance.

The Insulin Resistance Symptoms:

Not only are there symptoms of insulin resistance, but insulin resistance itself is a symptom of several diseases including type 2 diabetes, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome and obesity. It also appears to occur in people who use certain medications like antidepressants.

As mentioned earlier insulin resistance may be a symptom of type 2 diabetes. However, there are also insulin resistance symptoms, which may assist in identifying whether or not you have the condition.

Fatigue and Tiredness.

Insulin resistance is commonly associated with fatigue and tiredness. It is particularly noticeable after consuming a meal.

Excess Weight/ Obesity.

It is high likely that obesity and insulin resistance are both involved in a vicious cycle whereby one perpetuates the other.

'Foggy Brain'.

There are a range of conditions that are associated with 'foggy brain'. These include: lack of concentration, mental fatigue, poor memory, low level of creativity, and possibly learning disabilities. These are all classic insulin resistance symptoms.

Feeling Agitated.

Of course there are many causes of feeling agitated and insulin resistance is only one possible cause. However, if you notice that the feeling goes away after a meal then insulin resistance may be the cause.

Stomach Cramping and Bloating.

Often times, stomach cramping and bloating results from consuming carbohydrates, particularly those that contain gluten. Of course, a gluten-intolerance may cause these feeling, but it may also be associated with insulin resistance.

How to Test For Insulin Resistance:

There are several tests that can be done that act as indicators of insulin resistance. The most relevant test is a fasting blood glucose test.

Fasting Blood Glucose.

In a healthy person, when they wake up in the morning after sleeping for 6-8 hours their blood glucose level should be low (because nothing has been eaten). However, in a person with insulin resistance, their blood glucose level is high in a fasted state.

A measurement over 7.0 mmol/L is one of the strongest insulin resistance symptoms.


Triglycerides are a measure of a type of fat in the bloodstream and a high level is strongly associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

Most people who are overweight and/ or who have diabetes tend to People with high triglycerides.

A level over 200mg/dL is considered high and may be indicative of some degreee of insulin resistance, i.e. it is one of the insulin resistance symptoms. This test isn't as reliable as a fasting blood glucose test an as indicator of insulin resistance.

Blood Pressure.

A less reliable but still notable test for insulin resistance is blood pressure.

Insulin is a storage hormone and in healthy individuals promotes the storage of magnesium in cells. Magnesium is responsible for causing muscles to relax, particularly the smooth muscles lining blood vessels.

In people who are insulin resistant the magnesium can't be transported into the cells and gets excreted through the urine. As a result, the blood vessels constrict, which leads to an increase in blood pressure.

A systolic measurement over 140 and/ or a diastolic measurement over 90 may indicate some degree of insulin resistance.

How You Can Prevent Insulin Resistance:

Eat more natural carbohydrates to reduce insulin resistance symptoms

In order to overcome insulin resistance you must incorporate lifestyle habits that are diammetrically opposed to the causes. Therefore, when it comes to your eating habits you must consume very few refined carbohydrates carbohydrates and far more natural sources, like fruits and vegetables, particularly the low-density, fibre-based vegetables.

Consuming more 'healthy' fats can be enormously helpful in overcoming insulin resistance symptoms. It does this primarily by making your cell membranes more permeable. The natural sources of fats and oil are the best to consume in your diet. These include: nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olive oil, fish, fish oil flax and flax seed oil.

Also, it is a good idea to consume more of the foods that contain the minerals that act as glucose disposal agents (GDAs). The minerals are: vanadium, selenium and chromium. They are contained in foods such as: garlic, parsley, nuts/ seeds, broccoli, egg yolk, potatoes, raw onion, fish and shellfish, whole-grain cereals, and oysters.

Eating more foods like cinnamon, gymnema, ginger, turmeric or fenugreek seeds is also beneficial because they also act as glucose disposal agents in your body.

As an alternative you may want to take supplement forms of the minerals or extracts of the foods.

Turmeric, ginger and cinnamon are all found in BCN's MultiSpice.

Another great way to prevent or cure insulin resistance is through exercise. It is a great way to improve cell permeability. However, it is important that you choose they type of exercise that you enjoy and can make a permanent lifestyle habit.

Many disease in our society are preventable, and even curable, through lifestyle choices and it is totally your choice as to the lifestyle you have. However, keep in mind that the actions you take on a daily basis will determine your quality of life. Choose wisely!

If you would like to discover some strategies to naturally reverse insulin resistance and overcome diabetes, get a copy of the book, Your Complete Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Plan.

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