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Insulin Resistance

Though it is the precursor to diabetes, whose rates have been on the rise for decades, few people know of insulin resistance, and how it can change their lives. In this section you will find articles that provide an explanation of insulin resistance as well as ways to avoid, or halt, its development.

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Insulin Resistance in Women: How this Condition Makes Weight Loss Difficult



Insulin resistance is not a very common topic of discussion when it comes to women and their weight loss. In fact, most women have never heard of the term and don’t even realize that insulin resistance is probably one of the biggest causes of their weight loss frustration.

As one of the top physicians in the field of bariatrics—the study of medical weight management—Dr. Caroline Cederquist knows just how significant of a hurdle insulin resistance in women can be.

Many women who suffer from insulin resistance don’t even know they have it until they are tested for it.

“Ninety percent of the people in my medical practice are insulin resistant. In this case, the body makes the hormone insulin, but it doesn’t work properly within cells,” says Dr. Caroline Cederquist.

“The insulin receptors on these cells don’t open up properly. This prevents glucose from turning into stored energy, and as result, our cells become starved.”

People who suffer from insulin resistance have a hard time losing weight because their cells are constantly producing more insulin, but their cells aren’t turning that insulin into needed nutrients and energy.

This over-production of insulin can make it difficult to lose weight, and can lead to health problems, like diabetes.

For many women, genes can play a factor when it comes to insulin resistance. In many cases, insulin resistance develops due to genetic influences, increased weight gain, or both. If your parents were insulin resistant, the more likely you are to get insulin resistance at a younger age, especially if they suffered from health conditions, like diabetes.

Dr. Cederquist explains what insulin resistance is, and why the condition makes it so difficult for women to lose weight:

As a woman, one of the best things you can do to get your cells back to normal is to eat a well-balanced diet with an effective balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

In order for your metabolism to burn fat more effectively, your cells need to be supplied with the proper amount of nutrients and energy. With a healthy, well-balanced meal plan, you can effectively re-train your metabolism to burn excess stored fat, and in exchange, get your cells back to normal working order.

Dr. Caroline Cederquist developed BistroMD as a way to effectively help people lose weight, and to overcome conditions like insulin resistance.

To see how BistroMD can help you conquer insulin resistance, learn more about our program here.

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