Insulin resistance

I'm concerned about my daughter. I think she may be showing signs of suffering from insulin resistance which is a precursor to Type II Diabetes. Can you explain what happens with insulin resistance?


Insulin is responsible for

Insulin is responsible for telling the body to take excess blood glucose and put it into the muscle cells as glycogen, then the fat cells as fat. Insulin resistance is when the muscle, liver and fat cells stop responding to the insulin and so they no longer take in the same amounts. This leads to increased blood sugar and can be a precursor to diabetes.

If you suspect this then a trip to the GP is a must. In the meantime, cut out any sweets, chocolates, fizzy drinks and processed foods and replace these with good sources of complex carbohydrates and proteins as these will regluate blood sugar more effectively.