Insulin resistance is one of the first consequences of unresolved inflammation.
Insulin resistance develops when its target cells in the body are having difficultt receiving appropriate metabolic instructions from insulin once it interacts with its receptor on the cell surface. This is due to unresolved inflammation within the cell and why increased insulin resistance is also the first sign that chronic unresolved inflammation is increasing in your body. The more severe your level of insulin resistance, the greater your chance of developing diabetes, heart disease, and eventually Alzhemier’s.
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Insulin resistance occurs when the body has trouble using the insulin it produces, thus causing metabolic disruptions in insulin signaling in the body such as the liver, muscles, the pancreas, and adipose (stored fat) tissue as well as in the hypothalamus of the brain. The higher your level of insulin resistance, the more likely you are to gain weight, develop chronic disease, and age faster as elevated insulin is driving force for increase inflammation.
Insulin resistance is very common. 16% of healthy, normal-weight individuals have significant insulin resistance (McLaughlin T et al. Metabolism 53: 495-499 (2004)). This percentage increases to 50% in healthy, overweight individuals, 85% in obese individuals, and 100% in individuals with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.