Managing insulin levels closely is one of the most important tasks a diabetic or pre-diabetic person has. Insulin levels that get too high can pose a serious threat to one’s health and life. As anyone who deals with insulin issues on a daily basis knows medical attention is necessary for health maintenance but for those with pre-diabetic conditions or increased risk for diabetes many may not know that there are ways to influence and maintain safe insulin levels without medication through your diet. Of course diabetes patients should also be maintaining their insulin levels through their diet as well as through medication.

High insulin levels are indicative of high blood glucose levels. The problem with high insulin levels is not that the levels are high per se, it’s that your body will often stop reacting to insulin when it is chronically high. This known as insulin resistance and is a precursor to diabetes. When insulin resistance occurs in the body glucose levels continue to increase to unsafe levels. It is important for your body to not resist insulin. Insulin should remain at a level that is tolerable yet still mange the blood glucose levels. In a way this is like building muscle. It may be hard at first for you to life a certain weight but with enough practice at it your body gets used to the weight as your muscles get stronger. In similar fashion your body gets more sensitive to insulin when less of it is around; it can’t help but counteract insulin resistance.

Personal action and measures taken are important to maintain your health. Especially if you are pre-diabetic and your insulin levels are consistently elevated, you should start a regimen at home in accordance with your doctor to try and reverse the process. There have been studies which have shown that high-intensity exercise in 15 minute spurts (6 times in two weeks) is all it takes to reduce insulin levels by a third. Other studies have shown that simple dietary changes such as an increase in consumption of high-fiber foods, low glycemic index foods, vitamin K (leafy green vegetables), turmeric, and cinnamon all influence insulin levels in a positive way. Getting more sleep and participating in physical activities also support insulin sensitivity and should be part of any insulin level moderation program.

Again it is important to be under the care of a doctor if you have elevated insulin levels as your specific situation needs personalized attention. It may be determined that your elevated insulin levels are getting worse and diabetes may be setting in but with adequate changes to your lifestyle you may be able to avoid diabetes by taking an active steps in managing your insulin and blood glucose levels. Improving insulin sensitivity is an absolutely necessity to living a healthier longer life because diabetes is a main contributor to all of the top causes of death: heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Alone diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death and a significant drag on average life expectancy. Take action today and do what you can to avoid this significant health issue from ever developing.

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