Insulin Resistance Therapy in Philadelphia, PA
It is estimated that about 80 million people in the U.S. are affected by insulin resistance without even knowing it. At World Wellness Health Institute, board-certified physician Dr. Daniel Lebowitz treats people living in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA with insulin resistance therapy to help them maintain blood sugar levels and achieve optimal health.
What is Insulin Resistance?
Insulin is the hormone secreted from the pancreas that controls glucose, or what we call blood sugar. Glucose is what our bodies use for energy so that all of our systems can function. When we eat, our food is broken down and used to fuel the processes in our bodies. The amount of energy we need varies throughout the day, as does the amount of fuel. The pancreas must secrete enough insulin to keep our blood sugar levels stable. Those with insulin resistance do not secrete enough insulin to perform this function. As a result, the pancreas responds by secreting more insulin to maintain a normal level of blood sugar.
The way it works is that the bloodstream transports glucose to cells in the body. Insulin tells the cells to absorb it for fuel. If there is too much glucose, the cells become numb to the signal causing the pancreas to produce more insulin. This, in turn, causes blood sugar to shoot up. When insulin remains high for prolonged periods of time, there is a disruption in the body with metabolism and insulin resistance. As a result, people become more prone to diabetes as the blood sugar levels become unmanageable.
It is very common for people, more often women, to be insulin resistant and not know it. The only reliable way to determine if you are insulin resistant is through a blood test. Some of the risk factors include:
- A waist size of 40 inches or more in men and 35 inches or more in women
- Increased levels of triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood)
- Low HDL, or “good,” cholesterol level (Less than 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women)
- High blood pressure of 130/85 or higher, or being treated for high blood pressure
- Fasting blood glucose levels of 100 mg/dL or above, or being treated for diabetes
In addition to having a family predisposition, being overweight or having hypertension, some of the symptoms that may signal this condition include:
- Unexplained, consistent weight gain
- Extreme thirst
- Waking in the night for water
- Tired and achy
- No energy
On top of this, those who gain weight in their middle and have an apple shape, tend to be more prone to insulin resistance, as do those who consume high amounts of processed foods, excessive amounts of simple carbohydrates or sugar and other junk food. Women are more predisposed to insulin resistance as they approach menopause because of the fluctuations in the adrenal and thyroid glands.
What is Insulin Resistance Therapy?
There is no prescription drug FDA approved to treat insulin resistance; however, there are drugs for type 2 diabetes that physicians use to treat insulin resistance. The best way for treating or preventing insulin resistance involves starting and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan. At World Wellness Health Institute we work with each patient dealing with insulin resistance to customize a plan that includes:
- Eating healthy
- Adding physical activity
- Managing stress
- Staying on track when eating out
The goal is to keep insulin levels in check by incorporating a whole foods diet void of anything processed or containing artificial ingredients; performing some sort of physical activity for at least 30 minutes daily; and keeping stress levels at bay (exercise plays a huge role in this step).
Benefits of Insulin Resistance Therapy
In addition to maintaining blood sugar levels, treating insulin resistance offers other benefits including:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Decreasing digestive issues
- Increasing quality of sleep
- Improving mood
- Having more energy
- Losing weight
- Restoring self-confidence
How Does Insulin Resistance Therapy Work?
At World Wellness Health we provide lifestyle coaches that are experienced at helping patients start and maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to help them reach their goals. Lifestyle coaches work with patients to:
- Explain the facts about how healthy eating and physical activity help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes
- Help set and meet goals
- Create environments for participants to build relationships with each other
- Work as a group to meet challenges
- Understand and respond to food cues or triggers
- Keep patients motivated
- Help solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes
Insulin Resistance Therapy Results
The results from insulin resistance therapy come over time. Initially, there are some hurdles in the first few days of developing a new diet and exercise plan as they shock the system. Once the body’s metabolism has been restarted, the results begin to show, some even by the end of the first week. Blood sugar spikes and drops are greatly diminished leading to an overall better feeling. As time progresses, patients notice they have more stamina and begin to lose weight. Insulin resistance therapy is not only a treatment to help maintain blood sugar levels; it is a new lifestyle.
How Much Does Insulin Resistance Therapy Cost?
The cost of insulin resistance therapy varies with each patient as it may involve different treatments, as well different treatment lengths. During a consultation, we can discuss the cost, as well as our payment options with you. We offer financing through CareCredit®.
Is Insulin Resistance Therapy Right for Me?
If you notice any of the symptoms or signs of insulin resistance, are going through menopause or have been told you are prone to develop type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance therapy may be right for you. The only way to really determine if you have issues with your insulin is through blood work.
Insulin Resistance Therapy Consultation
Prior to starting any treatment program at World Wellness Health Institute, Dr. Lebowitz meets with you for a complimentary consultation to discuss your health issues and to talk about your overall health and medical history. For insulin resistance therapy he may order blood work to determine if this is the reason for the issues or if there is another underlying condition causing them. Once the root cause is determined, he works with you to customize an insulin resistance therapy plan to help you achieve a healthy balance with your blood sugar, as well as overall wellness.
If you feel sluggish, have unexplained weight gain or have a general sick feeling all the time, you may suffer from insulin resistance. At World Wellness Health Institute, board-certified physician Dr. Daniel Lebowitz treats people in Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia and surrounding communities, who want to feel better and achieve an overall sense of well-being. Contact us today!
*Individual results may vary