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What's the hype around insulin?

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Disorders of insulin-glucose metabolism have become one of the major epidemics of the current era, leading to a number of so-called 'Non-Communicable Diseases' such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease.

Find out if you are burdened by insulin changes:
  • you have more belly fat than you would like to have

  • you have high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease

  • salt consumption raises your blood pressure

  • high levels of triglycerides in your blood

  • you retain water easily

  • you suffer from gout

  • you have patches of darker skin or small skin nodules on your neck, underarms or other areas.

  • you have a family member with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes

  • you suffer/have suffered from diabetes or PCOS (for women) or low testosterone levels (for men)

If you answered YES to a minimum of two of the above, it is worth looking at your insulin management.

Every cell in every tissue in the body responds to insulin. Insulin that circulates in the blood binds to a specific site in a cell and then triggers a series of events in that cell. When a cell loses its responsiveness to insulin, as a consequence of various events, it becomes insulin resistant. In such a state, cells need more than normal doses of insulin in order to achieve the same response as before.

Insulin is almost always considered in the context of glucose, which is not entirely fair, given the hundreds of processes for which insulin is responsible in the body. Nevertheless, in a healthy body, if blood glucose levels are normal, insulin is usually normal. However, with insulin resistance, insulin levels are higher than expected in relation to glucose. History and science can probably be blamed for the glucocentric paradigm of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance that has developed to the point where the body is unable to maintain blood glucose levels below the clinically relevant value of 126 mg/dl. Insulin resistance is a condition of hyperinsulinemia - that is, a person with insulin resistance has more insulin in the blood than a healthy person.

So how do we treat and prevent insulin disorders?
  • improve your nutrition - limit your carbohydrate intake, introduce healthy fats, take longer breaks between meals

  • regulate your hormones

  • lower the level of inflammation in your body

  • improve your digestion, i.e. take care of the state of your gut microbiota

  • maximize detoxification, which means, among other things, taking care of your lymphatic system

  • improve your energy metabolism - take care of your mitochondria

  • calm your mind - use breathing and relaxation exercises



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