Insulin resistance

Insulin Resistance


Acanthosis Nigricans in the neck, sign of insulin resistance

Insulin is the key hormone for fat gain and loss.  After you eat carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels will increase.  It is the insulin’s job to push the glucose into the cells where it is used for energy or stored for future needs as fat.  Insulin also helps muscles, fat and liver cells store sugar that can be released when it is needed.

Each cell surface has insulin receptors which act like little doors that open and close to regulate the amount of blood sugar allowed to flow in.  If the body takes in too much simple sugars found in carbohydrates (like white breads, potatoes, sugary drinks, etc), the cells are bombarded with so much insulin that the “doors” begin to malfunction and shut down.  If the doors aren’t open, the pancreas feels the need to produce even more insulin to push into the cells because it cannot perform its function to lower sugar levels tending to leave the insulin floating in the blood stream.

A vicious cycle is now in place resulting in a condition called Insulin resistance which inhibits our fat cells from giving up their stores of energy to let us lose weight.  This is called “Metabolic Starvation” as your own fat stores are “locked” due to insulin resistance and unable to give the fat back when you need it despite having extra stored fat.

Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess body fat, especially “belly fat”, or abnormal cholesterol levels; which, when they occur together, increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of many serious health problems.


Affecting about 1/3rd of the US population, the diagnosis of insulin resistance is fairly simple.  Place a check next to any item that applies to you:

□Do you have a family history of diabetes, being overweight, abnormal cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure or heart disease?

□ Do you crave sugary or starchy foods frequently or feel you are addicted to carbohydrates?

□ Is it difficult for you to lose weight, especially around your middle?

□ Is your waist over 36 inches in women or 40 inches in men?

□ Do you experience shakiness, difficulty thinking, or headaches (often in the afternoon) that go away after you eat?

□ Are you ten pounds or more over what you would call your “ideal” weight?

□ Do you exercise fewer than two times per week?

□ Do you have high blood pressure?

□ Do you have high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol?

□ Do you have polycystic ovary syndrome?

□ Have you ever experienced acanthosis nigricans skin changes – velvety, mossy, flat, wart-like darkened skin on your neck or armpits or underneath your breasts?

Your Score:  ________

If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, you are most likely insulin resistant.

Belly fatThe more yes answers you gave, the more prone you are to have insulin resistance and the greater your risk is of developing health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  We may be able to help.  Most health insurances are accepted for the doctor visits*.

How can W8MD help?

Our program not only takes in to consideration the underlying causes of weight gain such as insulin resistance, but also works with you to reverse these causes to reduce the future risk of diabetes. Call the closest W8MD weight loss center today! Find the location closest to you on our main website

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