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How Insulin Resistance Limits Weight Loss (And How to Treat and Prevent It)

If you're overweight, untreated insulin resistance is likely one of the major hormone-related causes of your weight gain – and a major barrier to losing weight and keeping it off.

Reversing insulin resistance by restoring how your cells respond to insulin signaling is vital to effective weight loss as well as overall health.

We'll discuss here what insulin resistance is, how it prevents healthy weight loss, and the battle-tested strategies Dr. Moma uses to treat and prevent insulin resistance in her patients to help them achieve their ideal body weight.

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. Its primary function as it relates to weight loss and weight management is to shuttle sugar into the cells by "unlocking" glucose receptors. In this way, it is responsible for controlling how much blood sugar is in the bloodstream.

Insulin resistance -- improper insulin function characterized by non-responsiveness of the cells to insulin signaling -- will initially lead to a condition called hyperglycemia (AKA high blood sugar) and, eventually, if left untreated, to type II diabetes.

Among many serious health complications, insulin resistance causes unwanted weight gain.

The opposite condition of insulin resistance – which you want to achieve – is called insulin sensitivity, meaning that your body's cells respond optimally to insulin signaling and thus properly process, store, and utilize blood sugar.

Let's talk about how to reduce insulin resistance and increase insulin sensitivity.

What lifestyle and dietary changes can patients make to treat and prevent insulin resistance?

Scientific research demonstrates that simple yet powerful lifestyle changes – in combination with therapy -- can make significant improvements to insulin sensitivity and, in turn, facilitate greater weight loss.

There are numerous (dozens if not hundreds) of lifestyle and clinical approaches to optimize insulin sensitivity. Here are just a few to treat, reverse, and prevent insulin resistance:

To learn the how-tos regarding practical IF, check out our blog post on the topic.

The above insulin-sensitizing tactics (and others not listed here) work best when practiced in combination with one another – the more angles you attack insulin resistance from, the greater the benefits.

Dr. Moma works with each of her patients to develop an individualized, optimal insulin-sensitizing strategy to help them lose weight and – just as importantly – keep it off (no yo-yo dieting fads here).

Contact Dr. Moma to learn more about treating and preventing insulin resistance

Insulin resistance is highly treatable with the right combination of therapeutics and lifestyle changes. Dr. Moma has the clinical expertise to make it happen.

To schedule an appointment to reverse and prevent insulin resistance once and for all – and finally shed those pesky extra pounds – please contact Dr. Sylvienash Moma, DNP.

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