Overweight is both a cause and a complication of insulin resistance. An ordinary “diet” is unlikely to be successful when a person is insulin resistant.
To effectively treat insulin resistance, one has to take into account not only factors that will result in weight loss but also those that will prompt the body to reduce the levels of circulating insulin and aim to address underlying metabolic imbalances that contribute to insulin resistance.
Dietary adjustments have to be very specific and have to be accompanied by very specific physical adjustments. In other words, a general ‘diet’ – be it a low fat or low carb diet might result in weight loss but are unlikely to resolve the underlying metabolic imbalances associated with insulin resistance.
Treating this condition should centre around permanent dietary and lifestyle changes.
Adjustments to the following lifestyle factor will help ensure effective treatment of Insulin Resistance:
- Level of physical activity (exercise and day to day activities)
- Stress management
- Nutritional therapy to address underlying deficiencies and genetic transcription
Expectations regarding treatment of insulin resistance should be realistic since a person with insulin resistance may lose weight very slowly.
Medication may be prescribed for some people who suffer from insulin resistance but may not be equally effective for all people since it does not address underlying cellular imbalances and nutritional deficiencies associated with the altered metabolism seen with insulin resistance.
In addition to nutritional strategies, a number of active ingredients found in plant foods, herbs and medicinal plant have been identified in recent years which is invaluable to combat insulin resistance and change the course of disease in those that suffer from it.