Insulin Resistance Syndrome
The insulin resistance syndrome (IRS) is a group of health risk factors
that increase the likelihood of heart disease and perhaps other disorders,
such as diabetes and some cancers. The risk factors that make up IRS
include insulin resistance, which refers to the reduced ability of the
hormone insulin to control the processing of glucose by the body. Other
major risk factors often associated with IRS include high blood sugar and
high blood triglycerides, low HDL ("good") cholesterol, high blood
pressure, and excessive body fat in the abdominal region. People with IRS
do not always have every one of these risk factors, but they usually have
many of them. A qualified doctor should make the diagnosis of IRS after a
thorough examination and blood tests.
Most people with type 2 diabetes have insulin resistance, but many more
people who are not diabetic also have insulin resistance. Since insulin
resistance itself often does not cause symptoms, these people may not be
aware of their problem. Some authorities believe insulin resistance is
partially inherited and partially due to lifestyle factors.
In addition to the recommendations below, some people may benefit from some
of the recommendations given for type 2 diabetes. People with IRS should
also benefit from health strategies that reduce the severity of the risk
factors they possess, including obesity, high triglycerides, and high blood
Insulin Resistance Syndrome
Prescription for Natural Cures by: James F. Balch,
M.D. & Mark Stengler, N.D.
Super Prescription #1
Glucomannan is a type of water soluble dietary fiber
that may reduce many risk factors in people with IRS.
Take 8-13 grams per day to improve blood cholesterol
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Super Prescription #2
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Chromium has long been known to be helpful to people
with insulin-related disorders. It plays a role in
promoting insulin sensitivity. Preliminary evidence
also suggests that insulin resistance may cause loss of
chromium from the body, increasing the likelihood
Super Prescription #3
Calcium / Magnesium
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Calcium has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity
in people with hypertension. Take 1,500 mg per day.
Super Prescription #4
CoQ10 – Coenzyme Q10
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Take 120 mg of CoQ10 per day to reduce glucose and
insulin blood levels. (Especially in people with high
blood pressure and heart disease).
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Magnesium deficiency can reduce insulin sensitivity and
low dietary intake and low blood levels of magnesium
have been associated with greater insulin resistance in
Super Prescription # 6
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Take 800 - 1,350 IU per day. Vitamin E has been shown
to increase insulin sensitivity in both healthy and
hypertensive people in double-blind studies.
Super Prescription #7
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Studies have reported that low zinc intake is
associated with several of the risk factors common in
IRS, and a low blood level of zinc is associated with
insulin resistance in overweight people.
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- Overweight, especially in the trunk area
- Feelings of sluggishness after eating
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
A healthy, balanced diet high in vegetables, fruits, fish, and complex
carbohydrates such as whole grain rice and pasta, is associated with
protection from many aspects of IRS. Effects on glycemic index may be one
reason dietary fiber is associated with better insulin sensitivity. Choose
carbohydrates according to their effects on heart disease risk. Therefore,
a diet low in refined carbohydrates and high in fiber appears most prudent.
A weight loss diet lower in fat and higher in fish, along with exercise
three times per week, improved several measures of insulin resistance,
blood triglycerides and cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid refined carbohydrates, fried foods and sausages and any food high in
saturated fat. Also avoid high salt intake.
Obesity, especially when fat accumulates in the abdominal region, increases
the severity of insulin resistance. Loss of excess weight tends to improve
insulin sensitivity. Weight loss also reduces many of the other health risk
factors associated with IRS.
Cigarette smoking, in most, though not all, studies, as well as exposure to
second-hand smoke and use of nicotine replacement products, have been
associated with insulin resistance.
Alcohol consumption in the light to moderate range is associated with
better insulin sensitivity in healthy, non-diabetic people. Since alcohol
consumption also reduces other risk factors for heart disease, it does not
appear that people with IRS would benefit from avoiding alcohol if they are
currently light to moderate drinkers. However, alcohol is potentially
addicting and can increase the risk of other diseases, so people with IRS
who are not users of alcohol should consult a doctor before starting
regular consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Either aerobic exercise or strength training improves insulin sensitivity
in both healthy and insulin resistant people. Studies comparing strength
training to aerobic exercise in insulin-resistant people have reported
greater health benefits from strength training, but a combination of the
two will probably be more effective than either one alone.
Insulin sensitivity decreases after certain stressful experiences, such as
surgery, and decreased insulin sensitivity is associated with work-related
mental and emotional stress, and other aspects of a stressful lifestyle.
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