What is insulin resistance?
Most people think about diabetics when they see the word insulin, but problems with insulin can occur in a number of different conditions, in people with normal blood sugar. You have probably heard of insulin resistance; it is a significant and extremely common health problem. People with insulin resistance usually have excessively high levels of this hormone because it doesn’t work properly.
People with too much insulin in their bloodstream are said to have insulin resistance, syndrome X, metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes. They are all interchangeable terms.
Due to modern diets and lifestyles, nearly everybody produces more insulin in their pancreas than they should. This is a problem because if blood insulin levels have been high for years, the cells of your body start to ignore it. The insulin becomes less and less effective at its important job in your body (getting glucose inside your cells so you can burn it for energy).
Women with insulin resistance are more likely to carry excess weight around their torso, suffer with polycystic ovarian syndrome, acne and excess facial hair. They are also more likely to have a family history of type 2 diabetes. Elevated insulin levels in women can cause excessive production of male hormones, excess levels of “free” hormones, or increased sensitivity to normal levels of male hormones. When this happens, scalp hair loss can occur at the front and sides, in the male pattern.