Insulin resistance and stress are closely related since stress causes insulin resistance. It does so primarily through its stimulation of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone. Stress is simply a part of life and the stress response, which includes stress hormones, plays an essential role in our survival. For example, if one day we are [...]

It appears that sleep deprivation or lack of sleep and insulin resistance are strongly correlated. And there are several reasons why sleep deprivation leads to insulin resistance. In this article we will examine the mechanisms behind why a lack of sleep causes insulin resistance. We all know the importance of sleep for our overall health [...]

Here’s what you need to know about chromium and insulin resistance if you have the condition. Chromium is an essential mineral whose function is to assist carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. This makes it particularly important for people with insulin resistance.1 Even though there is still much debate about chromium and insulin resistance2, [...]

There is definitely a strong link between insulin resistance and carbohydrate intake whereby a high carbohydrate intake has a greater likelihood of causing insulin resistance.1,2 However, this doesn’t mean that someone with insulin resistance should cut all the carbohydrates out of their diet because if they increase their fat intake too much it will also [...]

The most commonly used type of protein powder in the world today is whey protein. However, this may not be the best protein powder for people with insulin resistance. In this article we will cover why whey may not be the best option and what is a good protein powder for people with insulin resistance [...]

In this article we will cover the importance of protein for insulin resistance. There are several ways protein can assist in overcoming insulin resistance. Even though it may not improve insulin resistance directly, because of the effects it has in the body it may be able to help reverse insulin resistance indirectly. When protein-based foods [...]

There is substantial evidence linking PCOS and insulin resistance, 1,2,3,4,5 whereby insulin resistance is one of the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder in women, with an estimated 5-10% being affected by it. It is characterised by many cysts developing on the outside of the ovaries. The [...]

There is a very interesting relationship between insulin resistance and alcohol with some studies showing that alcohol improves insulin sensitivity and others showing that it impairs it. Nevertheless, there appears to be a way to reach some definite conclusions regarding alcohol intake and its impact on insulin resistance based on the research that has been [...]

It appears that insulin resistance and medications are associated, whereby certain medications impair glucose tolerance through various mechanisms.1,2 Beta blockers For example, beta blockers, which may be used to lower blood pressure impair insulin secretion from the pancreas. This means that even though beta blockers don’t cause insulin resistance it does affect insulin action. Diuretics [...]

There is a strong association between insulin resistance and hypertension. In fact, research has shown that insulin resistance actually causes hypertension. It does so through several mechanisms. How Insulin Resistance and Hypertension Are Related Hyperinsulinemia (high levels of insulin) stimulate the release of the catecholamines (epinephrine and norepinephrine) from the adrenal glands. Insulin increases the [...]