A happy pancreas makes insulin, and this is a good thing, because insulin is the key that unlocks our cells and helps them absorb nutrients. Also, when blood sugar is high, it’s the job of insulin to lower it to a safe level. But when the pancreas is constantly called upon to release insulin to decrease constantly high blood sugar, our cells begin to resist the insulin. This combination of high insulin and cell protection is called ‘Insulin Resistance’ (IR). It’s good that our cells block insulin because having high insulin is toxic.
When insulin is blocked from the cells, they send a danger signal to the pancreas asking for more. But all the cells do not block insulin and send a request to the pancreas at the same time. Some parts of the body will have a lot of insulin and some will not have enough. And it’s not unusual for the average citizen of the world with chronically high blood sugar to have 5-7 times more insulin than normal.
Our bodies are so amazing that many people go for decades until the system breaks down and they develop type 2 diabetes — uncontrolled blood sugar.
Some health experts consider IR to be one of the major health issues of the industrialized world because the majority of the population have it and don’t know it. IR occurs before chronically high sugar appears in a blood test. There are just as many symptoms for high insulin as high sugar and the symptoms can overlap. These symptoms include: feeling tired after eating, feeling unsatisfied after a meal, getting up at night to urinate, belly fat, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The opposite of Insulin Resistance is Insulin Sensitivity and we can regain and maintain our sensitivity and healthy insulin levels by limiting the amount and type of carbohydrates at every meal.
Wake up and be carb conscious!
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