Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes
Insulin is the hormone that allows cells to absorb glucose and use it as energy. In people with insulin resistance, the cells do not respond properly to insulin anymore, so that both glucose and insulin build up in the bloodstream as a result. When blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not enough to be diagnosed as diabetes, we are looking at prediabetes, a metabolic syndrome often associated to high cholesterol and high blood pressure that can lead to Type 2 diabetes and heart diseases if not treated.
Signs & Symptoms of Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes
Although insulin resistance and prediabetes do not always cause many symptoms, some of our patients do notice signs that taken together may indicate blood sugar and hormonal imbalances, such as:
- Dark skin pigmentation where the skin folds
- Tiredness after eating
- Lethargy, poor concentration
- Frequent cravings for sweets
- Weight changes
- In women, painful and irregular periods
Causes of Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes
In our experience, many factors are linked to the development of these conditions, including:
- A sedentary lifestyle
- A diet high in fats and sweets
- Hereditary factors
- Being overweight
- Chronic stress
- PCOS and other hormonal disturbances
How We Treat Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes
To treat health conditions such as insulin resistance and prediabetes, it is our experience that lifestyle and diet changes are essential. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, as well as other methods such as Tuina massage, cupping and reflexology are often also very helpful at that time, and can very effectively support metabolic health, improve digestion and lower blood pressure.
At the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine in Jerusalem, we use them in combination, in an integrative approach tailored to suit the individual needs of each of our patients.
According to your specific case, we may also use laser acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tuina massage, cupping and reflexology in combination with it. Combined, all of these methods will help to release tensions in the body and stimulate fetal activity, making it easier for your baby to move into the best position for delivery.