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This Diet Is the Most Studied for Reducing Insulin Resistance—and Even Diabetes

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If you struggle with insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, you know how important your diet is and how much it can affect how you feel each time you eat–not to mention the impact on your overall health.

So you’re probably searching for the best diet or eating plan to help you manage (and even reverse) your symptoms. The answer? The DASH diet, which is endorsed by both registered dietitians and proven to help with insulin resistance and diabetes by scientific studies. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Insulin Resistance?

First, it’s important to understand what insulin resistance is.

“Insulin resistance is when the body has a poor response to insulin resulting in high blood sugars in the blood,” explains registered dietitian Jonathan Valdez, RDN, owner of Genki Nutrition and a spokesperson for the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

This can cause a snowball effect in the body and impact your overall health.

“This can cause your pancreas to work harder, and starts producing more insulin, releasing it into your body to help glucose enter your cells,” says Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and National Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Insulin almost acts like a key; you need insulin to unlock your cells and allow glucose to enter and provide them with energy.”

Pre-diabetes and diabetes can occur when people have insulin resistance.

“Without insulin, glucose hangs out in the blood rather than entering the cells, over time this can cause Type 2 diabetes, as there’s a buildup of blood sugar floating around in your blood and it can’t be properly used by the body for energy,” says Ehsani.

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