What to use for insulin resistance?

The sugar in the foods consumed by us is broken down into glucose which is then used by the body as a source of energy with the help of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Unconsumed glucose builds up inside the system and eventually leads to Diabetes. Cells are unable to use glucose either when there is insufficient production of insulin or if the body is unable to use the insulin produced. If your body is resistance to insulin, then your muscles, fat and liver cells are unable to use it properly. Meanwhile the pancreas continues to produce more insulin to meet the body's need till they can't produce any more insulin. Consequently not only the sugar level increase in the blood, but also the insulin levels since it is not being used. Insulin resistance increases your chances of getting diabetes and consequently heart disease and must be addressed immediately to avoid this. There are no obvious symptoms of insulin resistance – if the resistance is mild to moderate then it might not even show up in the blood. Sometimes, when the resistance is severe, you could get dark patches on the back of your neck, elbows, knees, knuckles and armpits.

Insulin resistance could be genetic, but it is often triggered off due to obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle. Excess fat interferes with the body's ability to use the insulin as does the lack of exercise. Smoking also contributes to insulin resistance, so the first thing to do is to follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet, quit smoking and start exercising regularly even if it is just a brisk 45 minute morning walk. Cinnamon helps natural consumption of sugar, so you can either have 1 tsp of cinnamon daily or boil 1l of water with 3 tbsps of cinnamon and drink this mixture daily. Grape fruit juice also helps to cure diabetes. Consumption of bitter gourd, Indian gooseberry (indian gooseberry), onion, garlic, margosa and holy basil leaves are also said to be very beneficial in reducing blood sugar levels.

answered by G M

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