Let me explain what I mean by insulin resistance. A healthy digestive system breaks down food into glucose. Next, insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps the glucose enter your cells to be used as fuel. However, if you experience insulin resistance , your cells won’t respond in a typical fashion to insulin, and hence, the glucose cannot enter your cells as easily. This phenomenon results in increased glucose levels in your bloodstream despite your body’s efforts to manage the glucose by producing more and more insulin.
Irritable bowel syndrome is different than certain other digestive disorders or problems because there are no structural problems in the intestines of people who have IBS (for example, no blockages of the colon), which means it can sometimes be a hard condition to diagnose. There are no tests that can definitively reveal if someone has IBS or does not. ( 14 ) A diagnoses can only be made through a process of elimination and observing symptoms. This can cause frustration among people suffering from persistent digestive issues who can’t get a clear answer on what’s causing their symptoms.