Have you been tempted to take a diabetic medication? But you’re not even diabetic?
Why on earth would someone do this?
It’s actually very common.
Insulin resistance, which is also known as pre-diabetes, is rising at astronomical numbers. 96 million adults have pre-diabetes, or insulin resistance.
Many people are unaware that they have it, but are aware of the annoying effects: inability to lose weight, increase in waist circumference, hormonal imbalances, energy dips, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and many more.
But the most amazing thing? INSULIN RESISTANCE IS REVERSIBLE WITH DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES.
Does that mean it is easy? Absolutely not. (Click here to read my blog post on this.)
It is my opinion that everyone should be doing something to actively prevent insulin resistance, or rather, to improve their insulin sensitivity.
As we age, we become more insulin resistant, making it more common for elderly individuals to develop type II diabetes. However, just because it is common, does not mean it is normal.
Maintaining a healthy weight and waist circumference, eating for blood sugar balance, building muscle, and following an anti-inflammatory approach to nutrition are just a few ways to prevent insulin resistance.
So you want to lose weight. Why not just take a diabetic med to help you do so?
Here are 3 reasons I do not recommend this.
- REASON ONE: Doing so doesn’t address the habits causing insulin resistance or weight gain.
If you take a medication to help you improve insulin sensitivity, how will you change your day to day habits? If you do not fix your foundation (food choices, macro balance, movement, etc.,) you are merely trimming down a weed that has a very extensive root system.
And you need to address the roots.
A perfect example is two people go to a starbucks. Person A is trying to prevent disease and to lose weight the healthy way. Person A orders a coffee with steamed milk. Person B is also trying to lose weight, but has started taking a diabetic medication in order to help her do so (although she is not diabetic). Person B orders a sugar filled frappuccino.
That is based on a true story. How much better would Person B be served if she understood how to incorporate lifestyle changes to help her avoid insulin resistance and blood sugar imbalance? Taking a pill doesn’t force her to do so.
- REASON TWO: Side effects.
Have you ever watched a TV commercial for medications these days? The list of potential side effects in every one sounds like a joke. The same is true for many of these diabetic medications people are waiting in line to take.
Many of them affect gut health and cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. In addition, they can cause mineral and vitamin deficiencies, especially vitamin B12.
You should always investigate side effects to medications in order to protect your current and future health. Don’t let your weight loss goal cost you your wellness.
- REASON THREE: It changes your mentality.
“All I need is a pill to fix my problems” is a joke. If you live in a dream world, that’s great. But that’s not reality. Stop lying to yourself that there’s no consequence to your food and lifestyle choices. There are.
When life gets rough, should you take a pill and move on? Not if you want to prevent disease. Hitting goals, maintaining results, and preventing disease requires us to be accountable for our choices.
Taking a pill without addressing your daily choices reinforces this flawed mentality.
For many people taking diabetes medication is a requirement. And for those individuals, their habits still matter.
If you are seeking weight loss, the real truth is there is no quick fix or easy route. You must address your lifestyle and food choices.
The funny thing? Doing so is a lot easier than you think. Whenever my clients hit weight loss goals, I make it a habit to ask, “Do you feel like you are doing anything extreme or unsustainable?” The answer is always, “No.”
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