Insulin resistance syndrome is an all-too-common medical condition whereby insulin fails to metabolize glucose effectively. This, in turn, leads to higher blood sugar, which signals the body to produce more insulin. When this happens, glucose cannot be effectively metabolized and turns to fat instead.
How Do You Know If You're Insulin-Resistant?
A telltale insulin resistance symptom is fat around the abdomen that makes you look like an apple. That's right! That big "tire" around your middle probably means high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood sugar, and possibly even high blood pressure.
Another signal of insulin resistance syndrome is excess protein in the urine. Doctors call this microalbuminuria, which is a known marker for early microscopic renal (kidney) damage and a serious predictor of diabetic renal disease. The problem with insulin resistance is that it doesn't just contribute to heart disease; it can also trigger Alzheimer's disease.
A study in The Journal of Neurology reported that Alzheimer's patients had lower insulin levels in their cerebral spinal fluid, which nourishes your brain and spinal cord. Although further research is needed to determine whether ideal glucose metabolism will actually prevent Alzheimer's disease, the fact remains that the incidence of insulin resistance syndrome is higher in patients with Alzheimer's disease.
How to Avoid Insulin Resistance Symptoms
Follow my Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean (PAMM) diet and avoid carbohydrates, particularly processed carbohydrates that can cause your blood sugar to soar. Some of the worst offenders include the following:
- Beer (maltose)
- Processed cereals
Higher-carb fruits that you should eat in moderation include raisins, bananas, and watermelon. Plus, remember that refined sugar, molasses, honey, maple syrup, and commercial fruit juices (especially concentrates) have a high glycemic index, resulting in higher blood sugar.
If you must have some of these foods, make sure your portions are small and combine them with low-sugar foods like nuts, beans, plain yogurt, skim milk, soy products, flax, salads and other green leafy vegetables.
By reducing your sugar intake you will not only lower your cholesterol and triglycerides, you'll lose weight, have more energy and prevent major degenerative diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and possibly even Alzheimer's.