Diabetes Care

Increase Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin resistance is generally linked to hypertension, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular diseases apart from diabetes. Identifying and treating insulin-resistant patients with the above diseases particularly diabetes mellitus has potentially great preventive value. Insulin resistance should be suspected in patients with a history of diabetes in first-degree relatives; patients with a personal history of gestational diabetes, etc. For further details read Here Are Some Medications For Diabetes.

One diabetes treatment product for insulin resistance is that daily replacement therapy with 50 mg of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) which significantly decreases visceral and subcutaneous abdominal fat and increases insulin sensitivity in the elderly. There are many healthy lifestyle choices that you can make to increase insulin sensitivity. These healthy choices are important whether or not you have diabetes symptoms and whether or not you are also taking diabetes medication for your condition. Information about diabetes can be collected from The Diabetes Association. Some of the steps to increase insulin sensitivity are as follows:

1) Regular physical activity such as aerobics and strength training increase your cells' sensitivity to insulin. You should aim for 20-60 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 days per week.

2) Even as little as a 10 % reduction in weight can help improve your cells' insulin sensitivity. To lose weight safely and effectively, reduce your total calorie intake by about 500 calories each day.

3) Carbohydrates (especially low fiber, refined white grains and sugary foods/ beverages) stimulate the most insulin secretion after you eat them. Your insulin levels are already high, so eating a diet that further increases insulin is not desirable.

4) Replace excess carbs, monounsaturated fats (nuts, peanut butter, olive/canola oil, avocados) healthy for hearts. These fats don't affect your insulin levels, and they are good for your heart.

5) Protein-rich foods (tofu, fish, chicken, lean meat, low fat cottage cheese, and eggs) will help promote satiety. So, you won't feel hungry all the time.

6) Stress and inadequate sleep increase stress hormones (e.g. cortisol) that increase insulin levels. Again, your goal is to lessen your already high insulin levels. So, be sure to practice daily relaxation exercises and get to bed at a reasonable hour.