Insulin resistance is a health conditional characterized by diverse symptoms and health issues, like weight gain, tiredness, high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, cholesterol, risk for developing diabetes type 2, and others. You can find what exactly IR is, its causes and symptoms in this blog post.
When not cured, IR can become a prerequisite for life-threatening health problems. That is why, being informed about the possible treatments and cures is key to ensure sustainable lifestyle quality.
My personal story with IR treatment is available at the end of this blog post. Because knowing that you are not alone is important!
Let’s dive into the topic.
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How to cure IR?
There are various IR treatments which you can undertake. However, my recommendation is to seek medical advice before deciding how you will treat the condition.
- Most doctors prescribe Metformin as primary insulin resistance treatment. This is a very strong medicament, which has many side-effects; thus, it is not our best recommendation. Instead, you can overcome this health issue by adopting lifestyle changes and using alternative medicine methods.
- Start exercising. We already emphasized on the fact that physical exercises boost the cells’ sensitivity to insulin. Even if you do low-intensity workouts, yoga, stretching, or walking for 30 minutes a day, it will make a big difference.
- Many supplements are proven to improve cells’ insulin sensitivity. Some of them are Chromium, Cinnamon, Fish oil, Vitamin D, Folic acid (B9), Selenium, Aloe Vera, fiber.
- Pay attention to what you eat. Adopting a new eating regime is difficult, but diet is critical for curing IR condition. And if you manage to do so, you will thank yourself later. In the following section, you will find the list of good and bad foods for IR.
Foods for insulin resistance
Eating the right foods can change your life, especially if you are insulin resistant. Meals can either save you from diabetes or push you towards developing this condition.
- Leafy vegetables
- Vegetables that grow above ground
- Sweet potatoes
- Fish and seafood
- Citrus fruits and berries
- Yogurt and kefir
- Nuts (except cashew)
- Green tea
Foods to avoid
- Processed foods
- Fast food
- White rice
- Fatty meat
- Fried foods
- Fruit juice
- Sweet fruits (bananas, melon, etc.)
My story with Insulin resistance
I was diagnosed with IR two years ago. Before that, I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (underworking thyroid gland), which doctors thought led to hormonal misbalance in the long run, polycystic ovaries, weight gain, and panic attacks. For years I was trying to treat this health condition with alternative medicine methods (because I felt that starting hormone treatment is not my thing), unfortunately without any effect. Luckily, one specific doctor recognized that all those health issues were related to each other and asked me to test my glucose tolerance.
The test was simple. I went to the laboratory early in the morning, and my blood sugar and insulin levels were tested (it was important not to eat anything before that). Then the nurses gave me to drink glucose diluted in water. It was extremely sweet, and I even felt sick because it was not permitted to drink water at all. I stayed in the lab for more 2 hours, as they tested my blood sugar and insulin levels on the 60th and 120th minutes after I took the glucose.
With this test, everything became crystal clear. In both three tests, the blood sugar levels were in balance (not even close to the dangerous range); however, my insulin levels were through the roof. And the conclusion of the doctor was simple. I was insulin resistant, which was the cause of all my health problems. And after only 1 year of treatment (with a suitable eating regime, exercise, and supplementing with cinnamon and chromium), I am not insulin resistant anymore. I won over this condition!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and I do not aim to give any medical advice. The information presented in this article is based on scientific research and personal experience and aims to give information about the topic.