Diabetes Care

Severe Insulin Sensitivity

Increasing insulin sensitivity is good to tackle insulin resistance. Apart from diabetes; hypertension, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease are all linked to insulin resistance. 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 and alike. For further details, read Ever Pondered...How Destructive Obesity And Diabetes Can Be?

Some steps to increase insulin sensitivity are as follows:

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

b) Even as little as 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 per day.

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

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

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

One diabetes treatment product for insulin resistance is that of daily replacement therapy with 50 mg of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) significantly decreases visceral and subcutaneous abdominal fat and significantly 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 taking diabetes medication for your condition. Information about diabetes can be collected from The Diabetes Association.