Insulin Resistance Syndrome

Also indexed as:Syndrome X, Metabolic Syndrome
Reduce your insulin-resistance risk by focusing on diet and lifestyle. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Eat a healthy dietIn one study, a diet low in fried foods and sausages and high in vegetables, fruits, fish, and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains was shown to protect against many aspects of IRS.
Get your proteinAlthough more research is needed, diets high in protein may benefit people with IRS.
Keep your eye on the GIChoosing carbohydrates with a low glycemic index (foods that don’t cause a spike in blood sugar) and foods that are high in fiber may improve insulin sensitivity.
Try a low-fat dietAvoiding fats from meat, dairy, and processed foods high in hydrogenated oils while allowing fish, olive oil and other monounsaturated fat sources makes sense for people with IRS.

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The information presented by Healthnotes is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2020.