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Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance is an underlying cause of weight gain and obesity and there are many factors that contribute to its presence in the body. In essence, our environment and lifestyles have evolved too rapidly for our bodies to keep pace. We are still genetically “wired” to thrive on the entrenched habits of our ancestors, who consumed different, nutrient-rich foods and a diet low in carbohydrates, as well as sustaining greater levels of movement and exercise. Some people may also have a genetic predisposition to Insulin Resistance, while others develop the condition through high stress and unhealthy lifestyles. INSULIN RESISTANCE NEGATIVELY AFFECTS GLUCOSE AND INSULIN LEVELS Over time, the above factors have damaged the complex ability of the body’s cells to properly utilize insulin to convert glucose to energy. This process creates Insulin Resistance, which can cause excess weight and obesity in two distinct ways. First, Insulin Resistance vastly reduces the number of insulin receptor sites or “doorways” on the walls of your cells. The average healthy person has some 20,000 receptor sites per cell, while the average overweight individual can have as few as 5,000. If you have too few receptor sites, glucose bounces off the cell wall, instead of passing through the insulin “door” to be burned as energy. With the cell “door” almost closed to it, glucose remains in the blood stream, causing elevated levels of blood sugar, which are sent to the liver. Once there, the sugar is converted into fat and stored via the blood stream throughout the body. This process can lead to excess weight gain and obesity. The second way that Insulin Resistance causes excess weight and obesity is by raising insulin levels in the blood stream. Unhealthy lifestyles and genetic conditions cause the pancreas to overproduce insulin. The cell is, in turn, overwhelmed by this surplus of insulin and protects itself by reducing the number of its insulin receptor sites. This process leaves too few sites for insulin to carry out its normal function, which is to attach itself to the cell wall and act as “a key in a lock” allowing glucose to pass through the cell wall and be converted into energy. The vastly-reduced number of receptor sites in Insulin Resistant people causes an excess of insulin “rejected” by the cell to free-float in the blood stream, creating conditions that can damage your cardiovascular system, leading to a heart attack or stroke.

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