You’ve probably heard of insulin, but most people have no idea what insulin resistance is.
First let’s review what insulin is. Insulin is known as an anabolic hormone that is involved in both growth and repair.
What Exactly Does Insulin Do?
- Stores blood sugar for future energy requirements
- Helps retain magnesium and sodium
- Stimulates cell division
- Stores excess nutrients
- Mediates blood lipids (fat)
- Stimulates sympathetic nervous system
So, insulin has several functions, the problem occurs when we eat too many carbohydrates such as pasta, bread, grains and sugar. You see, your body takes these excess carbs and will convert them into glucose. Your liver can only store a one day supply of glycogen (stored glucose) and the rest of it is stored as a saturated FAT called palmitic acid.
High Carbohydrate Diet is Actually a High Sugar Diet
Since carbohydrates break down into sugar, when you consume a high carbohydrate diet, you might as well be eating sugar right out of the jar. Your insulin levels spike. However, insulin in high amounts has toxic effects and the cells work hard to protect themselves against this irritation. They actually begin to regulate their insulin receptors so they are not overwhelmed by this huge rise in insulin.
When this ‘down regulation’ (insulin resistance) occurs, the pancreas will continue to secrete more and more insulin since the cellular receptors are not ‘sensing’ the rise in insulin. Eventually, the pancreas can get overworked and reduce the amount of insulin it can secrete and Type 2 diabetes results.
The Consequences of Insulin Resistance
There is a negative effect of insulin resistance. It’s important for everyone to understand this so that you can refrain from overindulging in all those carbohydrates that can wreak havoc on your body. These include: bread, pasta, donuts, cake, cereal and sugar.
If insulin resistance occurs, excess magnesium is excreted into the urine. Since one of the roles of magnesium is to relax muscles, lower magnesium levels will cause the muscles in the blood vessels to constrict and high blood pressure can result.
In addition to this, since magnesium is involved in energy within the cell you can begin to feel weak and tired.
Since insulin stimulates the sympathetic nervous system (think fight or flight) you can get increase in constriction of the blood vessels further increasing the blood pressure. In addition the heart rate increases, the blood clots easier (can lead to blockages) and you get an increase of cholesterol in the blood.
One of the things that many people don’t realize is that insulin is a mitogenic hormone. This means that it encourages cell division. This can lead to an increase in aging and cancer.
So, What Can You Do?
Many of the medications you and your family may be taking actually are designed to deal with many of the ‘symptoms’ of insulin resistance.
For example, many of the medications are treating symptoms such as Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
These illnesses are all preventable and don’t have anything to do with our genes. These are all lifestyle illnesses. The only way to sanely treat these maladies that are killing us is to change our lifestyle.
What does that mean?
You must, now, begin to regularly exercise, eat the way our bodies were designed to eat and get rid of the ego and negative thoughts that promote chaos and angst. It is a lot easier to make these changes than it is to be sick.
What are some specific things I can do?
- Drink 2-3 liters of pure water each day
- Do Not Smoke
- Exercise 3-4 times per week for at least 60 minutes *
- Eat fresh vegetables and fruit on a daily basis
- Limit your intake of carbohydrates
- Eat only Grass Fed Meats which are high in Omega 3fatty acids
- Supplement your diet with an Omega 3 fish oil
- If you have high blood sugar, try something natural such as Cinnamon Bark or GTF Chromium
- Meditate or pray every day
- Love yourself, love your family and friends and help the planet
* Before beginning any exercise program or changing your medication, speak with your doctor.