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Foods That Increase Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, certain fats, and protein. Its main job is to effectively convert sugar from blood into cells as stored glucose. That glucose is used for energy, but if it goes unused, it usually causes weight gain.

Insulin Sensitivity Meaning

Insulin sensitivity refers to how your cells respond to insulin, and how much needs to be produced to allow the body to function appropriately. Insulin sensitivity can be inherited, but can also develop because of unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Food to Avoid for Insulin Sensitivity

Because your insulin levels are directly impacted by what you eat, you need to be mindful of what’s on your plate. There are foods that you should avoid if you have insulin sensitivity or you’re experiencing similar symptoms to it.

Processed Foods

Processed foods are higher in fats, sugar, and sodium, and the consumption of them may result in a blood sugar spike. Processed foods often put additional pressure on your pancreas, where insulin is made, and may seriously affect your health in the long run.

Processed foods include:

  • white breads,
  • white pastas,
  • white rice,
  • cooldrinks,
  • crisps

Saturated and Trans Fats

These come from animals and animal products, and they can significantly boost insulin resistance. They can include:

  • Baked goods,
  • Microwave popcorn,
  • Pizza,
  • Fried foods,
  • Margarine,
  • Fatty meats like beef, chicken, and pork
  • Cheeses and other full-fat dairy products

Geneway™ screens for genes in your cells that can influence your metabolic traits and have an effect on the following:

  • Fasting glucose levels
  • Fasting insulin levels
  • Beta cell function
  • Insulin resistance

A DNA test such as the Genediet™ can reveal susceptibilities to health issues such as insulin resistance and type II diabetes. Not only can it tell you where these risks may originate from, but the professionals at Geneway can also help to treat and control them by suggesting lifestyle changes and better management of your diet.

For more information on our genetic tests in Pretoria, contact us.

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