Insulin Resistance

Being a lifelong asthmatic has required me to take prednisone to regulate my lungs.
Imagine my surprise when the doctor told me that at the age of 40 years, I now had diabetes as well.
It seems that when you take prednisone, it causes your blood sugar to soar.  I have a family history of diabetes and had a better chance of developing diabetes than most asthmatics who used prednisone.
So now I am an insulin dependent diabetic and needed to learn about another disease and how to control the symptoms, as there is no cure for diabetesm, you just learn to control it.

~ Rion ~

Diabetes Overview
Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance
Diabetes: Type 2 Adult onset diabetes

Today, most people with diabetes are only treating the symptoms and not getting to the root of the problem.  Furthermore, many medications given to people with diabetes are compounding problems instead of getting to the root cause.

The best way to manage your diabetic condition is to address the actual cause. Doesn't that make more sense?  Let's look at what type 2 diabetes really is.

The Simple Explanation

Other than the genes you inherited, there are two primary causes of diabetes:

1) a long-term diet that has been high in carbohydrates and nutritional deficiencies; and
2) cortisteroid drug therapy.

Your body breaks down carbohydrates into sugar (glucose) which then enters your blood stream. The more carbohydrates consumed, the higher your blood sugar goes. In response, your body produces insulin. Insulin's job is to push the blood sugar into the cells.

On the surface of the cells in your body are insulin receptors, which act like little doors that open and close to regulate the inflow of blood sugar.

After many years of consuming a high-carbohydrate diet, your cells have been bombarded with so much insulin that these doors begin to malfunction and shut down.

With less doors open, your body needs to produce even more insulin to push the glucose into the cells. More insulin causes even more doors to close and as this vicious cycle continues, a condition called "insulin resistance" sets in.

When your body can no longer produce enough insulin to push the blood sugar into the cells, type 2 diabetes results. It is simply an extreme case of insulin resistance.

The key point for you to understand is that your energy, wellness and longevity are primarily dependent on improving the sensitivity of your cells to insulin - how well your cells open and close the doors and clear sugar from the blood.

What's the Bottom line?

Since type 2 diabetes is really a severe case of insulin resistance, the solution to your condition is to find a way to increase the sensitivity of your cells to insulin and help your body get the sugar out of the blood and into the cells so it can be metabolized and turned into energy.  (This inability to metabolize sugar is one of the reasons why most diabetics often feel tired and fatigued.)

The Deadly Effects of Excess Insulin!

Your "metabolism" is the food processing and energy production system of your body. It is made up of extremely fine-tuned internal processes.

Insulin is the master hormone of your metabolism. When it is out of balance and your insulin levels are consistently elevated, a long list of deadly complications are created:

Heart Disease
Hardening of the Arteries
Damage to Artery Walls
Increased Cholesterol Levels
Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies
Kidney Disease
Fat Burning Mechanism Turned Off
Accumulation and Storage of Fat
Weight Gain

In his best-selling book Protein Power, Dr. Michael Eades wrote,

"When insulin levels become too high... metabolic havoc ensues with elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes, and obesity all trailing in its wake. These disorders are merely symptoms of a single more basic disturbance in metabolism, excess insulin and insulin resistance."

Nutritional Deficiencies from Excess Insulin

Science has shown that excess insulin also causes your body to become deficient in many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. It's a proven fact that being deficient in these nutrients is directly linked to and a cause of high blood sugar levels.

Chromium is essential to proper metabolism and maintaining safe sugar levels. Excess insulin depletes your body's chromium. The structure on the surfaces of your cells that actually become resistant to insulin requires chromium to function properly. Deficiency of chromium affects 90% of the American population - because a diet high in starch and sugar puts a heavy demand on the insulin system to handle the incoming carbohydrate load, and that demand depletes chromium.

Chromium is critical to blood sugar metabolism and, and as a diabetic you can be pretty sure that you are severely deficient in this nutrient. If you ever wondered where your "sweet tooth" and sugar cravings come from, now you know - chromium deficiency!

Calcium and Magnesium are also depleted by excess insulin, which can cause many problems, as they are critical to over 200 biochemical processes in your body.

Other very important nutrients which excess insulin causes you to be deficient in are Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vanadium, B Complex vitamins, essential fatty acids and many more.

Now that you know how and why people develop type 2 diabetes and know some of the consequences of not controlling your blood sugar level, here are your choices:

You can continue on with what you've been doing, or you can use a safe and effective way to help control your blood sugar with supplemental vitamins and minerals.

Fortunately, your body has miraculous healing powers, is very resilient and operates in a very intelligent manner. If you give it the right fuel and the right nutrients, it will respond very quickly. Some exercise and the right attitude will help as well.

The first step is to switch your body from an out-of-control, nutrient-depleting and fat-storing machine into a clean, nutrient-rich, fat-burning machine.

To do this you must must:

1. Restrict the carbohydrates in your diet and
2. Take the right nutritional supplements.

These two actions are not optional or negotiable! Your body will only burn fat (and properly utilize nutrients) if its metabolism is balanced. Restricting the carbohydrates in your diest and taking the right supplements on a regular basis is the only way to address the root cause of your diabetic problem and balance your body's metabolism for the long-term.

This information was gathered from
Wellness Support Network


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