Q: What is Insulin Resistance?
A: Insulin Resistance is your body's overproduction of insulin in response to glucose. Glucose (in the form of the carbohydrates that you eat) causes your pancrease to produce increasing amounts of insulin. Your body is not able to properly absorb and use the glucose for energy. The result is excess insulin and unused glucose, which turns into fat and makes you tired.
Q: What kind of diet should I follow if I have Syndrome X and/or Insulin Resistance?
A: Athough low carb diets are the rage now, it is crucial for those with Insulin Resistance to limit their carbs for medical reasons. When you lower the amount of carbohydrates that you eat, your body reduces the amount of insulin it produces. This creates the ideal environment for weight loss and a host of other health improvements. We recommend 30-100 carbs a day, but, as always, check with your health care provider for a diet specifically designed for you.
Q: What are carbohydrates?
A: Carbohydrates are the substance that your body uses for energy by turning your food (carbohydrates) into glucose.
Q: What kinds of foods contain carbohydrates?
A: Most foods contain some carbohydrates. The key is finding the foods with the most amount of nutrients and fiber for the "net carbs". Overall, the types of foods to try to avoid are "white" foods, such as refined sugars, white flour, white rice, pasta, white potatoes and processed foods.
Q: What are "net carbs"
A: They are what's left after you subtract fiber and sugar alcohols from the amount of carbohydrates in a particular food.
Q: So, what do I eat?
A: Complex carbs such as whole grains, vegetables, fresh fruit and proteins such as meats, cheeses, eggs and nuts. Many people find specific diets helpful (see the list on the "Treatment" page).
Q: What is the Glycemic Index?
A: The Glycemic Index tells you how fast your body processes carbs into sugars (glucose). The higher the number, the faster the process. We recommend low glycemic index foods.
Q: What is C-Reactive Protein?
A: C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is a protein produced in your liver when there is an inflammation in your body. For more information click here.
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