If you’ve had trouble losing weight, you may have insulin resistance and not know it. Basic blood tests may show a normal or slightly high normal fasting blood glucose which would not alert your doctor to order further testing. A glucose tolerance test will expose insulin resistance. After consuming a sweet beverage, the patient’s blood is drawn up to 4 times to measure fasting and blood sugar levels.
The problem with insulin resistance is that the cells are no longer sensitive to the hormone…they are resistant to it. Therefore, insulin is unable to open the cell’s door to let glucose in. This results in high insulin and glucose levels in the blood. Yet the cells themselves are malnourished which results in tissue weakness and susceptibility to disease. It’s like standing before a table full of food with tape over your mouth.
Unfortunately insulin causes an increase in body fat when it is inappropriately high on a consistent basis, which then leads to increased morbidity. What causes insulin resistance? A diet high in simple carbohydrates over a long period of time causes the cells to be less sensitive to both sugar and insulin, causing these to rise in the blood. A family history of diabetes may also be a contributing factor.
The consequences of elevated insulin is increased body fat, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, and elevated DHT. DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is a strong form of testosterone. 5 alpha reductase is the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. Elevated insulin causes high alpha reductase activity, resulting in more DHT being produced. For women, this can be very negative as it causes hair growth on the face, back and abdomen. The most effective way to treat this is first eliminate all simple carbohydrates. There are also herbs that may be prescribed to inhibit the 5-alpha reductase enzyme.
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In Good Health,
Jane Hendricks NMD