- Assisting with a weight loss regime
- Guidance on macronutrient distribution
- Advice on an exercise routine
Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells of the pancreas. The insulin produced is released into the bloodstream and travels throughout the body. Insulin is an essential hormone that has many actions within the body. Most actions of insulin are directed at the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Insulin also regulates the functions of the body's cells, including their growth.
If someone has insulin resistance, their body does not respond adequately to the hormone insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas. When we eat foods containing carbohydrate, they are broken down to glucose (a term for sugar) in the blood. The normal function of the hormone insulin is to transfer glucose from the blood into the liver and muscle cells, to be used as energy, and managing our blood glucose levels. Insulin plays a critical role in the body’s ability to metabolise glucose and can be detected by a blood test.
Insulin resistance is more common in:
- PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) patients
- Patients with a family history of diabetes
- Overweight patients
- Physically inactive patients