Insulin Resistance and Diabetes
Symptoms and Diagnosis
You can't tell that you have insulin resistance by how you feel. You'll need to get a blood test that checks your blood sugar levels.
Likewise, you won’t know if you have most of the other conditions that are part of insulin resistance syndrome (high blood pressure, low "good" cholesterol levels, and high triglycerides) without seeing your doctor.
Simple Lifestyle Changes Make a Difference
If you already have insulin resistance, you can take actions that will help your health.
- Exercise. Go for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity (like brisk walking) 5 or more days a week. If you're not active now, work up to that.
- Get to a healthy weight. If you're not sure what you should weigh or how to reach a weight loss goal, ask your doctor. You may also want to talk with a nutritionist and a certified personal trainer.
- Eat a healthy diet. Think fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, legumes, and other lean protein.
Some people with insulin resistance may also need to take metformin.