Fasting insulin is a lab value key to your optimal health that needs to be checked annually. As a dietitian and founder of the nourishMET program, I am deeply committed to empowering individuals on their journey to optimal health. One key aspect we prioritize in our program is understanding and managing fasting insulin levels. Let’s delve into why fasting insulin is important, how to get it checked, and what optimal values mean for your well-being.
Research shows that almost 88% of Americans have impaired insulin levels! Improving these levels with early detection could be the key to optimal health.
The Importance of Fasting Insulin:
Fasting insulin levels offer valuable insights into your body’s insulin sensitivity. High levels may indicate insulin resistance, a condition linked to various health issues, including type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. By addressing fasting insulin, we aim to improve insulin sensitivity, promoting better blood sugar control.
Balanced fasting insulin is crucial for overall metabolic health. It influences how efficiently your body uses glucose, regulates blood sugar, and manages energy. Addressing fasting insulin levels contributes to weight management, enhanced energy levels, and a reduced risk of metabolic disorders.
How to Get Your Fasting Insulin Checked:
Medical Professional Consultation:
Schedule a consultation with your healthcare provider or endocrinologist. They can assess your health history, risk factors, and recommend appropriate tests, including fasting insulin.
Fasting Insulin Blood Test:
A fasting insulin test involves a simple blood draw after an overnight fast. Fasting for 8-12 hours allows for accurate measurement of insulin levels in a rested state.
Optimal Fasting Insulin Values:
Optimal fasting insulin levels typically fall within a reference range. They aren’t often flagged until they’re above 15, which is a sign that insulin resistance is well into it’s progression. I focus on optimal values to prevent metabolic disorders. An optimal fasting insulin level ranges generally between 2.6 to 10 microunits per milliliter (μU/mL).
Optimal values can vary based on individual health conditions and goals. Working closely with your healthcare team allows for a personalized approach to achieving and maintaining optimal fasting insulin levels.
The NourishMET Approach:
In nourishMET, we integrate the understanding of fasting insulin into our holistic approach to health. Our program emphasizes personalized nutrition, continuous support from expert dietitians, and even utilizes continuous glucose monitoring for a deeper understanding of individual responses.
By addressing fasting insulin levels, we guide individuals towards metabolic wellness, supporting not only weight management but overall health improvement. It’s about empowering you to make informed choices that resonate with your unique health journey.