What Is Insulin Resistance?

In short, Insulin is a hormone that helps to carry glucose from the blood into the cells of our body where it is used as a primary source of fuel.

When we indulge a little bit too much over an extended period of time, our bodies become less and less sensitive to the needs of insulin. The receptors on the cells in our bodies that usually are extremly sensitive to insulin.

Insulin knocks on the front door of the cells, and says

hey… I have some glucose let me in.”

This works for a little while, until the cells in our bodies begin to hear insulin knock less and less.

Essentially, our cells become desensitized to the constant knocking. This is called Low Insulin Sensitivity. Low insulin sensitivity is insulin resisitance.

The pancreas, the organ responsible for producing insulin begins to get peer pressured by all of the floating glucose in the blood and it struggles to produce more and more insulin to keep up with the demand.

Like anything running at high capacity for an extended period of time, the pancreas poops out. What’s scarier than your pancreas pooping out on you? Having tons of glucose slushing around in your veins puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Our kidneys aren’t prepared to filter glucose. However, when the blood is so saturated it causes damage to the kidneys.

How did we get on this crazy rollercoaster in the first place? Some health conditions make certain people more likely to have insulin resistance than others. Can you take a wild guess on the biggest one?… Polycystic Ovarian syndrom.

Let’s rewind a bit…


Foods containing sugar and/or carbs are broken down by the body into glucose. Glucose is then used by the body as the main source of energy. When we overeat, which Americans … especially myself are guilty of, the excess glucose from that meal is stored in our body as fat. 


Molecularly we haven’t changed in hundreds of thousands of years. Our bodies still have the “cavemen” mentality that sends a little message to the brain saying “store that fat! Who knows when we are ever going to eat again!”

The cells in your brain run wild screaming in excitement and your body stores the excess glucose from starchy and sugary foods and stores it as fat. 
Women who suffer from Polycystic ovarian syndrome specifically suffer from specific weight gain in the waist. Our abdomen is home to our major organs. Those things in our belly that keep us functioning. Just slightly above those vital organs are another set of vital organs, your heart, and lungs. 


Insulin sensitivity occurs much in the same way marriage occurs. It is so amazing in the beginning. You find yourself running to your spouses every need. Sensitive to all of their needs.

This is much like the cells in our body. Glucose can’t just enter the cells. Glucose needs a carrier. That’s where insulin comes in. Insulin is a hormone, and its job is transport glucose into the cells where it can be used for energy or stored as fat. 


When the bloodstream is flooded with too much glucose, as a result of overdoing it on the carbs and sugary foods. Normally, glucose rides the magic carpet from the blood into the cells. However, when a patient is insulin resistant, the cells become less sensitive to the needs of insulin. More and more glucose is left circulating in the bloodstream leading to type 2 diabetes. 

Insulin resistance is one a problem faced by many people, especially woman with Polycystic ovarian syndrome. By learning to live a low carb, sugar-free lifestyle, you can not only reverse your onset type II diabetes onset but you can also decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer is the 6th leading cause of death according to the Center for Disease and Control with diabetes setting the trailblazer at the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. The only treatment for Alzheimer Disease is prevention. How do you prevent Alzheimer disease? Through low carb, minimal sugar consumption. Want to read more about how to prevent Alzheimer disease and its link to insulin resistance?


All in all, good food is good food… And food cooked with good health in mind is even better food to me. Don’t you agree? 


Let me know your thoughts below,


Xo,


Tianna

 

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