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Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURE -

For some of us, in­sulin’s ef­fec­tive­ness wanes as we age, so the body be­gins to need more and more to help glu­cose en­ter the cells. Over time, of­ten years, this re­sis­tance es­ca­lates, as the body con­tin­ues to pump out ever-in­creas­ing amounts of in­sulin.

When the body starts strug­gling to make enough in­sulin to over­come the re­sis­tance, blood-glu­cose lev­els rise. Ini­tially, these lev­els are mildly el­e­vated, caus­ing im­paired glu­cose tol­er­ance, a con­di­tion we call pre­di­a­betes; how­ever, lev­els can even­tu­ally rise even fur­ther, caus­ing the on­set of type 2 di­a­betes.

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