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.

What Does Insulin Resistance Mean?

Dr. Cederquist describes what insulin resistance looks like in body cells. She gives a detailed explanation of cellular glucose transport, as well as the starving body that arises as a result of insulin resistance.


Dr. Cederquist describes what insulin resistance looks like in body cells. Watch this video for an explanation of the starving metabolism that arises as a result of insulin resistance. Learn how the starving cells make you continue to gain weight, whether you are 10 pounds overweight or 100 pounds overweight.

Insulin Resistance - Starving Cells

Insulin resistance is a very common hormonal imbalance that makes acheiving and maintaining a healthy weight very difficult.  It is very commonly diagnosed in women who are experiencing the hormonal changes that coincide with the onset of menopause, but can also affect women, children and men of various ages.

If you have insulin resistance, your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers is much greater.

Normal, healthy cells are able to transport glucose inside cells with the help of insulin.  When you have insulin resistant cells, the cell is having a difficult time allowing glucose inside cells, because insulin isn't working properly. Therefore, the cell becomes starved for energy, while at the same time there is excess sugar in the blood stream, and this is easily and readily converted into fat.

The human body can carry extra weight, but at the same time have starving cells that need to be fed. When your cells are starving, the body sends out multiple chemical signals (cytokines, adipokines) which instruct the body to crave sugars and starches. Unfortunately, these are exactly the types of foods that cannot enter the cell properly.

If someone is struggling with weight, their first step is often to reduce their dietary intake of foods. If that person is insulant resistant, I often find they begin craving sugars and starches imediately, because the body is percieving a threat of starvation. When the body is starving, it signals your metabolism to slow, and it begins to convert all extra energy into fat, and it gets stored, especially around the liver.

Insulin resistance easily progresses, and if not corrected, the most common outcome is diabetes, excess weight, heart disease, cancer, and stroke. I have been very successful in correcting insulin resistance with a balanced meal plan designed to feed starving cells, while at the same time allowing the body to draw on stored fat for energy in order to lose weight.

Written By bistroMD Team. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on October 22, 2019.


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