The pancreas is the organ that produces insulin. Insulin is the hormone that transports sugar (glucose) from the blood and into the cells so that it may be turned into energy. Sometimes your body does not respond to the insulin effectively. This leads to a condition referred to as insulin resistance. The condition makes it impossible for the sugar in your blood to get into the cells. As a way of dealing with the situation the pancreas increases the production of insulin to get the sugar out of the blood and into the cells. Fat deposits on the tummy and the mid-section are said to trigger insulin resistance.
Insulin is said to increase one’s appetite for sugary foods and carbohydrates. The in turn leads to an increase in the intake of calories and ultimately to weight gain.
According to doctors, insulin also lets you store fat more easily. This worsens the weight gain problem. When your insulin level is high it becomes hard for you to lose weight.
In mature individuals, those over the age of thirty, the cells may totally stop responding to the insulin. In such cases, the individuals develop what is referred to as type II diabetes.
It is not possible to treat insulin resistance. However, there are ways through which you can improve your insulin sensitivity. These include exercising regularly and eating right.
Exercises are said to increase the sensitivity of your cells to insulin.
Doctors also recommend that you eat well balanced and nutritious meals. Carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins are a must have in your diet.