Insulin Resistance Treatment & Testing in Cincinnati, Ohio
Control Your Insulin
If you have difficulty losing weight, suffer fatigue and irritability 1 to 2 hours after eating a high carbohydrate meal, a family history of diabetes, or a personal history of elevated sugar during pregnancy, you may have insulin resistance.
What is Insulin Resistance?
Insulin resistance is a condition in which a person’s cells have a lowered response to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is made by the pancreas and helps the body use glucose for energy. In an attempt to keep blood sugars low (prevent diabetes), the pancreas produces and releases more and more insulin. Insulin is a fat storage hormone. Excess circulating levels of insulin make us feel tired, irritable, and crave more sugar. Over time, our pancreas can no longer keep up with the demand for insulin production and levels fall. Unfortunately, without the excess insulin, glucose in our bloodstream rises. It is at this point your doctor will inform you are pre-diabetic, or in some cases have diabetes.
Symptoms & Causes of Insulin Resistance
Unfortunately, there aren’t any specific symptoms associated with insulin resistance. A person may notice weight gain, difficulty losing weight, fatigue or headaches 2 hours after a carbohydrate-rich meal, and craving sugar.
- Being overweight (most common)
- Lack of physical activity
- Genetic predisposition
- Steroid use (for example, prednisone)
- Infection or severe illness
- Stress/adrenal dysfunction
- Dysbiosis (abnormal intestinal flora, lack of good bacteria in the gut)
- Food allergies/sensitivities
- Hormone imbalance
Process & Results
Your initial consultation to discover if you have Insulin Resistance in Cincinnati with one of our providers will begin with a thorough look into your past medical and surgical history, family history, and current medications, with specific attention paid to the symptoms you are struggling with. This visit will be billed to your insurance company for Insulin Resistance in Cincinnati.
Glucose Tolerance test
The most accurate method to diagnose insulin resistance in Cincinnati is through a “glucose tolerance test.” Instead of the awful orange sugar you had to drink during pregnancy, we prefer to test with real food. This test will allow us to measure your fasting glucose and insulin levels, as well as levels 2 hours after a carbohydrate rich meal.
Review your Results
We will see you back in the office in 1 to 2 weeks, review your test results and initiate therapy if appropriate. This visit is billed to your health insurance company. Diet, exercise, and optimal supplementation are all discussed as an important part of this treatment plan. Patients who are diagnosed with insulin resistance are encouraged to meet with our Health/Wellness Coach to be placed on a food program specific for them.Many patients choose the Healthy Habits Weight Loss program or Ketogenic Lifestyle in order to help reverse their insulin resistance.