Insulin Resistance – A Culprit That

Can Easily Pull Your Pregnancy Off-Track

Insulin is a hormone your body produces to utilize sugar (glucose) as its main source of energy. When you become insulin resistant, your body stops responding to insulin and fails to use glucose. As a result, your body starts producing excess insulin and the blood sugar drastically rises.

High blood sugar is the main risk factor that leads to type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. And it doesn’t end there.

Women with insulin resistance and high blood sugar are highly likely to suffer from PCOS – a direct cause of female infertility. In addition to preventing ovulation, insulin resistance reduces your egg quality, therefore severely impacting the chances of conception.

There is a direct connection between insulin resistance and several reproductive complications such as unsuccessful IVF outcomes, birth defects, and smaller fetuses.

Insulin resistance prior to conception can also increase the risks of gestational diabetes during conception.

Can High Blood Sugar In Men Reduce Your Chances of Conception?

Yes, it can. In addition to an increased infection risk, diabetes damages blood vessels and nerves. It can lead to several sexual and reproductive issues such as erectile dysfunction, lower libido, ejaculation problems, and foreskin inflammation. An in-depth research review conducted in 2018, establishes a direct connection between high blood sugar and male infertility.

Another study found that men with high blood sugar had damage to their sperm DNA, were more likely to have no sperm in the ejaculate, and had lower testosterone levels and their fertility hormone production was disrupted.

Easy Ways To Manage Insulin Resistance

There are several highly effective lifestyle changes you can make to successfully combat insulin resistance while also improving your chances of conception.

  1. Exercise: used to increase muscle mass can drastically reduce insulin resistance. Lean muscle requires quite a bit of glucose to function. The more muscle you add through working out, the more sugar they’ll consume. Consequently, your body’s dependence on insulin for sugar metabolism will significantly decrease. Research shows that a 45-minute strength training session can bring down insulin resistance for a day and a half. Plus, regular exercise may also positively affect your fertility as it reduces stress and helps with better sleep.
  2. Consume Fiber & Stay Away From Sugar: Nothing messes with your health than consuming processed sugar. It rapidly absorbs within our bloodstream causing sudden blood sugar spikes. Secondly, add more fiber, such as seasonal vegetables, to your diet. There are 2 key benefits. It regulates insulin release and also slows down sugar absorption thus preventing abrupt sugar highs and crashes.
  3. Never Compromise On Your Sleep: Sleep deprivation disrupts your circadian rhythm. This starts a vicious chain reaction leading to stress, a higher risk of insulin resistance, and eventually infertility. Aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
  4. Medication & Supplementation: With the guidance of your doctor, you can take supplements such as Lowsitol, which is fortified by inositol, D chiro inositol, and Choline DL- Bitrate. Research tells us Choline DL- Bitrate may help in managing a fatty liver, which is considered a risk factor for insulin resistance. A study carried out in 2017 revealed that infertile women supplementing with inositol (also known as myoinositol), had a higher rate of successful outcomes during their IVF treatment.

According to a 2021 research literature, a 3-month course of inositol normalized ovarian function, and improved embryo quality among women with PCOS.

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