by Administrator on Feb 7, 2015
Insulin is commonly known as the sugar-processing hormone. As we eat food, digestion turns carbohydrates into glucose, a simple sugar, and this is released into the blood stream. The pancreas releases insulin in response to blood glucose. Insulin then enters cells and causes them to absurd glucose from the blood. Insulin also helps cells absorb vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty-acids.
The last several decades of research have shown, however, that consistently high levels of insulin is deadly. This is most evident in the diabetic population, who must constantly monitor their blood-sugar and insulin levels in order to survive. High levels of insulin are intimately linked to obesity, type-II diabetes (NIDDM), cardiovascular disease, aging, and even some cancers.
Most of these effects can be traced back to what has been dubbed Syndrome X, which centers around insulin resistance. Consistently high insulin levels cause your body’s cells to become less sensitive to insulin, and the condition worsens over time. This is called insulin resistance.
As your cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, the pancreas produces more insulin to counteract the problem. These even higher levels of insulin increase your resistance to it, causing the pancreas to produce even more. This process is the deadly loop that ultimately culminates in the diagnosis of Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, more commonly known as Type-II, or End-Stage, Diabetes.
Someone diagnosed with Type-II Diabetes will have as much as 3- or 4-times as much insulin in their blood as someone not afflicted with the condition, and even these incredibly high levels of insulin will not be enough for the body to process glucose, and the diabetic must supplement their insulin even more so their cells will absorb glucose from their blood. Extreme insulin resistance like this also causes glucose and many nutrients to float around unabsorbed in the blood-stream.
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