Insulin Resistance or Imbalance
You may have insulin resistance or an elevated level Insulin is a hormone within our bodies that helps us respond and regulate blood suagr levels. Weight gain seen in more of the abdomenal region and increases in hunger despite having already eaten can be signs of a possible imbalance. - Balanced meals tailored to your personal needs and schedule can be key to helping better regulate and balance these levels. Understanding blood sugar control with regard to insulin and their response to food, sleep, activity, and even illness is pivotal to long term sucess. Remember our bodies and our energy needs are NOT one size fits all!!!-Balancing blood sugar levels have a direct role in influencing our hormone levels and weight.-Bloodwork with your primary care doctor may be helpful:CBC, CMP (comprehensive metabolic profile) with lipid panel, Thyroid testing (TSH, Free T4, Total T3), A1c, fasting insulin levels, ferritin, CRP (marker of possible inflammation), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D-Further testing of nutrient levels in addition or a comprehensive assessment of reproductive hormones, adrenal hormone levels, and organic acid micronutrients can help determine underlying root cause of changes in function-Working with an Integrative Functional Medicine/Nutrition Practitioner who specializes in a more functional approach to hormones can help tailor a plan to your specific needs.