3 Things You Can Do Today To Improve Insulin Resistance and Fertility

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What can you do if you have been diagnosed with PCOS, Insulin Resistance or are showing signs of insulin resistance ?  The good news is that there are several things which can be done to help improve insulin sensitivity that you can start today.  
Insulin resistance is an extremely common contributing for women diagnosed with PCOS which negatively impacts overall health, egg quality and uterin receptivity.  It is when the cells of the body become resistant to insulin which makes it difficult for your cells to use the sugar in your blood.   As a result, the pancreas begins to increase more insulin to help the blood sugar levels stay at normal levels but the blood insulin levels keep rising as your cells become resistant.   This leads to inflammation and other hormone imbalances.
The above scenario is very common with women diagnosed with PCOS. This insulin resistance can result in some of the following unwanted signs and symptoms:
  • skin tags
  • weight gain in the belly
  • acne
  • infertility
  • irregular cycles
  • difficulty losing weight desoite exercise
  • darkening skin patches (can look like dirt on your neck or armpits)
  • fatigue after meals and cravings for carbs or sugar.
3 Things You Can Do to Improve Insulin Resistance and Fertility
1 - Build Muscle
Weight bearing exercises which increases muscle mass will help to improve your body's ability to respond to insulin released by the pancreas.  Muscle's can uptake blood sugar better than other tissues of the body.  The more muscle we have the greater ability our can regulate blood sugar levels.  
2 - Eat for Insulin Resistance
Eat good quality protein and fats along with non starchy vegetables.  The Acubalance Fertility Diet Book is full of great nutritional and lifestyle tips that will help you balance your hormones and prepare your body for conception. You can download your FREE COPY.  Plus check out our Blog on Foods for PCOS 
3 - Acupuncture and Insulin Resistance
We know that Acupuncture helps to regulate fertility hormones (Study) but did you know that it can also help regulate other hormones like insulin ?  Studies have shown how Acupuncture improves insulin resistance alone as it can help alter Insulin signalling related molecules.  We also know that patients using metformin (a drug to regulate blood sugar levels) notice an improvement in Insulin levels when they combine this drug with regular Acupuncture.   So Acupuncture helps to improve insulin sensitivity which supports blood sugar levels, hormones and regulates ovulation.  To learn more about this follow this link.
To learn more about our approach in the treatment of PCOS, Insulin Resistance and Reproductive health please call to help set up a Discovery call with a Doctor here at Acubalance.  15 min Discovery Call 
Best of Health
Dr. Ryan Funk - DTCM
Doctor of Chinese Medicine
Fellow of the ABORM