By Shania Obrien for Daily Mail Australia
05:09 September 18, 2023, updated 06:39 September 18, 2023
A health expert has revealed the main physical signs that your body is heading towards type 2 diabetes diabetes – and the only thing you must do to regain your health.
Former personal trainer and health advocate Rav Malik shared that his body develops several markers of insulin resistance before becoming diabetic.
Insulin resistance is a clinical condition in which insulin, the hormone secreted by the pancreas to control blood glucose levels in the body, no longer works as efficiently as it should.
Insulin has a profound effect on the body’s ability to burn fat and lose weightAnd if you’re insulin resistant, you’ll have a hard time losing weight even if you eat at a calorie deficit.
To ensure your insulin levels stay within the recommended range, you should decrease your intake of processed sugars and reorient your diet to include more protein.
What are the signs that you are heading towards type 2 diabetes?
Rav, the founder of The Feel Great System, shared a video describing the various signs, such as cracks on the back of the neck and swollen feet.
He revealed that his skin will also begin to change, with skin tags and pigmentation appearing around his neck and knuckles.
Another sure sign is when belly fat is “hard” and “dense” instead of soft.
“If you touch stomach fat and it’s hard and dense, you’re insulin resistant because the body is stuck in storage mode,” he said.
“Your feet will also start to swell because your body retains water and your blood pressure is higher,” he added.
“Your neck will get fat and you will find it difficult to sleep, and you may even develop sleep apnea.”
The health expert also revealed that having ‘flabby’ arms is a sign of insulin resistance.
Why do people develop insulin resistance?
“Our body is so tightly regulated that every time we eat it increases our blood sugar,” Rav shared.
For example, a food high in sugar, such as cereal, will increase the body’s insulin levels by a significant amount and will take longer to drop back to its baseline amount.
“It makes you hungry, tired and want to eat more, but this is where the problem lies.”
“If you eat a lot of sugar constantly, your insulin doesn’t go down and your body starts to become resistant to it.”
This will cause you to develop hyperinsulinemia, which is when the amount of insulin in the blood is greater than what is considered healthy.
“The new normal leads to illness: you start to experience physical symptoms, but you also start to look older, crave sugar, feel intensely hungry, and have difficulty concentrating.”
One way to combat hyperinsulinemia is to regulate the amount of processed sugars you consume and replace them with natural sugars like fruits and vegetables.
Physical signs that you are heading towards diabetes
- Cracks on the back of the neck
- Skin tags and pigmentation.
- Darkening of the skin on the fingers.
- Swollen feet
- Gain weight in the neck
- flabby arms
- hard stomach fat
* Yellow, reddish or brown spots on the skin
* Hard and thickened skin
* An itchy rash and sometimes small blisters, dry, scaly skin, or a white discharge that looks like cottage cheese.
* Open sores and wounds
* Spots on the pimples; The medical name is diabetic dermopathy and it usually forms on the pimples. In rare cases, you will see it on the arms, thighs, trunk, or other areas of the body.
* Sprout of small reddish-yellow bumps.
*Extremely dry and itchy skin.
Fountain: American Academy of Dermatology
Many thanked Rav for sharing his knowledge.
‘Wow, I didn’t know there were so many signs to pay attention to. I’m going to get a physical checkup before visiting my doctor. Thank you!’ one said.
“I knew I should be worried about the sudden pigmentation. Thanks for sharing,” another added.