Craving sugar, constantly feeling tired and really struggling to lose weight? Your body’s natural process of turning food into fuel could be failing to function properly.
When you eat carbohydrate-rich foods, such as fruit, bread, starchy veg and sugary snacks, they break down into glucose to fuel your body. Of course, you want your body to burn this fuel, not store it as fat, but this all depends on your body’s response to the hormone insulin.
Insulin moves the glucose from our food into our cells, where it becomes our main source of energy. As we age, or if we’re carrying too much weight, the amount of insulin that once made this process work smoothly is sometimes no longer enough, and we need more and more insulin to help glucose move out of our blood and into our cells — a condition we call insulin resistance.
When our bodies can’t turn glucose into energy, we store it as fat, so the main symptom of this resistance is extra weight around the midriff. Left unchecked, insulin resistance can worsen and become prediabetes. At this point, unless you make healthy changes to your eating patterns and increase your level of physical activity, you may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It’s a slippery slope on which no one wants to embark. But if this sounds like you, we have some good news: You can reverse insulin resistance. This month, our nutrition experts show you the key diet and lifestyle changes you need to make, so pick up the August issue of Healthy Food Guide, on sale now.