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How Insulin Effects the Body

May 10, 2008
Cells can become resistant to insulin and when that happens it is because the receptors on the cells' surfaces that are designed to react to insulin malfunction. This basically means that the cells' receptors need more insulin to function right so that they can remove the sugar from the blood. Before, the cells only needed a small amount of insulin to lower the sugar in the blood. Now they need the continuous supply of the insulin to keep the sugar within the healthy range.

As time goes by, blood sugar rises higher and stays up longer after the carbohydrate meal despite the enormous amount of insulin mustered to lower it. Bear in mind that were your doctor to check blood sugar during this stage of developing insulin resistance, your blood sugar would be perfectly normal. The major silent change taking place is the ever-growing quantity of insulin needed to keep it that way.

The liver becomes resistant first, then the muscle tissue, then the fat. What is the effect of insulin on the liver? It is to suppress the production of sugar by the liver.

In the morning you will find that your sugar level is more from what your liver has produced over night rather than what you have ingested. If the liver is responding to insulin correctly it would not make much sugar at all during the night. If the liver is not responding right then there will be no way to control the amount of sugar it makes.

The next tissue to become resistant is the muscle tissue. What is the action of insulin in muscles? It allows your muscles to burn sugar for one thing. So if your muscles become resistant to insulin it can't burn that sugar that was just manufactured by the liver. So the liver is producing too much, the muscles can't burn it, and this raises your blood sugar.

Next are the fat cells that are affected by poor insulin. The fat cells are what stores the fat. They take sugar and store it as fat. Therefore, until your fat cells become resistant to insulin you are likely to gain more weight. You may gain a little or you may gain a lot, but what matters is that you are gaining weight and you need to know why.

Too much insulin floating around can cause plaque build up, blood clotting and cells to accumulate fatty deposits. . Every step of the way, insulin's got its fingers in it and is causing cardiovascular disease. It fills it with plaque, it constricts the arteries, it increases platelet adhesiveness and ability of the blood to coagulate [clot]. Any known cause of cardiovascular disease, insulin is a part of.

But eventually they plateau. They might plateau at three hundred pounds, two hundred and twenty pounds, one hundred and fifty pounds, but they will eventually plateau as the fat cells protect themselves and become insulin resistant.

As all these major tissues, this massive body becomes resistant, your liver, muscles and fat, your pancreas is putting out more insulin to compensate, so you are hyperinsulinemic [having an abnormally high level of insulin in the blood] and you've got insulin floating around all the time.

Insulin floating around in the blood causes a plaque build up. Insulin causes the blood to clot too readily. Insulin causes cells that accumulate fatty deposits. Every step of the way, insulin's got its fingers in it and is causing cardiovascular disease. It fills it with plaque, it constricts the arteries, it increases platelet adhesiveness and ability of the blood to coagulate [clot]. Any known cause of cardiovascular disease, insulin is a part of.

If you want to know if insulin sensitivity can be restored to its original state, well, perhaps not to its original state, but you can restore it to the state of about a ten year old.

You can increase sensitivity by diet and a lot of supplements.
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