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Understanding Insulin Resistance

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Understanding Insulin Resistance

Your pancreas is located in the left lower quadrant right by your rib cage and makes a hormone called insulin.

Insulin response to sugar – it is triggered by anything that has sugar or turns into sugar like bread.

Insulin removes sugar from your blood. Normally, in your blood, you need about 100 milligrams of sugar per desolator.

Anything higher or lower than 100 is bad. When it goes higher than 100, you'll get diabetes.

When it goes lower than 100, you will get hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia is when you are skipping meals and eating way too much sugar, triggering high insulin in your blood sugar to drop.

Over a period of time, your body doesn’t like this and it will turn off the receptor and ignore the insulin response – this is called a blocked receptor and this is insulin resistance.

It forces insulin to go higher and make more to create the same affect. Without insulin, your blood sugar will stay high and wear out the pancreas.

Diabetes is really a situation where you have high sugar and it won’t come down to 100 passed the hypoglycemia with type II diabetes.

Then there is insulin resistance because you have been eating too much sugar.

Your body protects you and several things happen as a consequence, like you will be hungry because insulin has other purposes.

The insulin lowers the sugar level in the blood and helps you absorb the nutrition in your cells like fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins.

Without insulin, you can’t get the nutrition in your cells and you’re going to be hungry all the time because you eat but you don’t absorb the nutrients.

So, you will have a fat person that is starving to death and craving carbohydrates. If you are craving carbs or sweets, it is impossible to burn fat.

That’s why, over time, diabetes patients have other health problems – they may go blind, have destructive nerve in the feet and the hands and it goes downhill healthwise.

This condition will prevent the storage of sugar in the liver and muscles which we live off  while we sleep.

If you can’t store the sugar as much anymore, you will end up having problems with storing more fat.

If you are not storing sugar, you will end up storing fat and you will get bigger and bigger. In between the meals, because you can’t store sugar, you’re going to have too many highs and too many lows.

It’s the storage of sugar that maintains a nice level.

In your entire body, you only need 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of sugar - not directly from sugar but from the foods that you eat.

Even protein and fat can be converted into sugar. An 8 oz typical can of soda or orange juice has about 39 teaspoons of sugar - that is a tremendous stress on the pancreas.

The pancreas has two parts – a hormone and the other is an enzyme part called the exocrine gland.

If you continue eating high sugar, you’re going to have all sorts of digestion problems such as:

  • inflammation of the pancreas

  • pain in your back

  • can’t digest protein

  • bowel problems

  • gas

  • bloating, etc.

The body is trying to protect itself from too much insulin by blocking receptors and create resistance, and the sugar is going to go high.

The body is going to protect the cell from too much insulin and not the blood – that’s why the blood starts filling up with sugar.

Triglycerides are blood fats. Because the cell can’t absorb nutrition, protein, or fat, it’s going to be dumped in the blood as blood fats and cholesterol. In type I diabetes, the pancreas is asleep. It’s the worst you can get because then, you will have to be injected with insulin.


What Can Be Done

You will need to lower insulin by doing these things:

  • If you are craving sugars, you should be consuming zero sugars. You can have substitutes like Stevia.

  • Increase potassium because it will help lower insulin and help you store sugar.

You will want to get potassium from food such as cruciferous, about 7 to 10 cups of vegetables per day or you can take the kale shake.

Eating vegetables will help lower cravings.

  • Increase vitamin B1 not from a pill but from nutritional yeast which will greatly assist with lower insulin. When you consume a bunch of sugar, you’re dumping B1 and other nutrition out of your body in your urine.

  • Consume protein especially for breakfast because it is a nutrient. If you don’t, your blood sugar level will be off by the end of the day.


Learn more about insulin and see more Health and Wellness advice from Dr. Berg Video Blog.


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