The different symptoms of an insulin disease, such as diabetes mellitus or insulin resistance, are often difficult for the layperson to distinguish. Nevertheless, it is important that you take a close look if you suffer from symptoms that you cannot classify for yourself at first glance.

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance is a precursor of diabetes mellitus (mostly type II diabetes mellitus). Those who suffer from diabetes mellitus type II or insulin resistance have “acquired” these diseases in the course of life and were not born with the disease.

It is the fact that the insulin receptors are clogged or there is too much sugar in the blood vessels. Insulin is produced in the pancreas by the organism itself and enables the transport of sugar (energy) into the cells.

The cells are equipped with receptors to which the insulin can dock so that the transported glucose can enter the cells.

What are the different forms of insulin resistance?

In some forms of insulin resistance, the functionality of the receptors returns on its own when the amount of glucose in the cells is reduced again. The distribution of glucose can then take place again. On the other hand, the functionality of the receptors may be limited due to blockages.

The constipations are mostly related to improper nutrition. Animal fats are capable of clogging the receptors, which then limits or even prevents functionality.

How can insulin resistance be detected?

All types of insulin resistance offer a specific symptom pattern that you can use to identify whether you have the possibility of suffering from one of the known types of insulin resistance, even before a blood test. These symptoms include:

  • Storage of visceral fat (on the abdomen)
  • Formation of edema (e.g. water retention in the legs and feet)
  • a recognizable tendency to malaise and / or dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • an urge to eat regularly
  • Trouble
  • desired fasting times can not be observed
  • Development of small warts on the skin
  • the formation of brown spots on the knees and / or elbows
  • reduced efficiency
  • Feelings of listlessness during light physical exertion, such as climbing stairs
  • frequent cravings

Not every symptom considered on its own provides a real indication of the presence of one type of known resistance. However, if you feel that you have a majority of the symptoms listed, you may want to see your primary care physician for a laboratory test of your blood.

What laboratory values can indicate insulin resistance?

You should definitely have your blood glucose level determined during a medical laboratory examination. You must be sober for this examination. Even more important than the determination of the “fasting blood glucose”, is the HBA1C value.

This is the long-term blood glucose. It shows whether you have too much glucose bound to the red blood pigment in your blood over a long period of time. For the HBA1C value, diurnal variations can be excluded.

If the value is too high, this ensures that too much sugar was bound in the blood not only for days, but rather for weeks. Parallel to these medical laboratory tests, you can use the PraxisFamily system to test yourself whether you are at risk of insulin resistance or not.

Whether and how can insulin resistance be treated?

Yes, there are indeed ways to treat recognized insulin resistance. It makes sense to change your diet according to your health needs. You should distance yourself from the following foods in that case:

  • animal foods, such as dairy products, fish, eggs and meat
  • Sugar
  • Cereals (containing gluten), which can be easily converted into sugar
  • Alcohol


  • a plant-based diet
  • Lots of vegetables
  • sometimes raw food
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • starchy carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, amaranth, quinoa, millet and rice

The vegetable portion should always predominate in this type, the side dishes with starchy carbohydrates should be chosen smaller in quantity. A change in diet of this kind can lead to the regression of pre-diabetes, as well as diabetes mellitus II.

A change in diet in combination with sport is worthwhile in any case

With the help of our PraxisFamily system, you can not only better recognize your body and possible incipient diseases, but also help yourself. Over time, you will realize how helpful a change in diet can be.

You can not only prevent chronic diseases or alleviate existing ones, but also increase your personal sense of well-being. You will then feel the energy to play sports again.

But that doesn’t mean you have to exercise for several hours a day. In most cases, a few minutes of weight training are enough to see a noticeable increase in health. In addition, you should try to reduce your personal stress and sleep long enough every day.

The contents offered here serve exclusively for neutral information and general further education. They do not constitute a recommendation or advertisement of the diagnostic methods, treatments or drugs described or mentioned. The text makes no claim to completeness, nor can the topicality, accuracy and balance of the information provided be guaranteed. The text in no way replaces the expert advice of a doctor or pharmacist and may not be used as a basis for independent diagnosis and the beginning, modification or termination of treatment of diseases. Always consult a doctor of your choice if you have health questions or complaints! DiePraxisFamily Lld. and the authors accept no liability for inconvenience or damage resulting from the use of the information presented here.

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