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How is Inflammation Related to Insulin Resistance?

Chronic inflammation is at the forefront of medical investigations, with researchers trying to understand not only what causes it but also how it can be prevented.

Inflammation is a reaction of vascular tissue to a dangerous stimulus. In the case of Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), Pre-Diabetes and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), these stimuli are insulin.

Increased insulin levels contribute to inflammation. If left untreated, this type of inflammation can lead to atherosclerosis and contribute to Insulin Resistance - an imbalance of blood glucose and insulin. PCOS has been characterized as a low-grade inflammatory condition, which can be evaluated by measuring CRP (C-Reactive Protein).

CRP is a blood test that helps determine the level of inflammation in the bloodstream. The higher the CRP reading, the higher the inflammation and the greater risk for cardiovascular disease. In addition, women with PCOS have higher CRP levels than women without PCOS, whether they are lean or overweight.

High levels of CRP are also associated with Metabolic Syndrome, a group of risk factors for cardiovascular disease that can lead to heart attacks or stroke.

The way to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease is to limit exposure to insulin through high protein in lean protein, good fats and good carbohydrates from vegetables, as well as fruits. In addition, there are many simple inflammatory nutritional ingredients, such as omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals. Remember that exercise produces a positive and lasting effect on the body's inflammation process.



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