Think that you don’t eat too much sugar and an insulin resistant state is what happens to other people? You may be right, but…
The stats tell a different story.
According to the Green Pool report, the average Australian consumes 41.97 kilos of sugar per year. That’s a lot of bread rolls, white crusts, pasta and sweets, and less obvious foods too.
Insulin works as a virtual chauffeur, to escort excess blood sugar from our blood and into the relative safety of our cells. Think of it like a Tango, the more blood sugar dancers there are, the more insulin partners they need.
If there was a single substance proven to wreak havoc on the human form; to cause or contribute to addiction, obesity, mood swings, acne, serious and deadly diseases, would you touch it? When in your rational, intellectual self, you’d think not.
Not with a barge pole, correct?
We need to healthy blood sugar maintenance; too little and we can’t function well, too much and this sticky substance affects our health.
Our Nana loved us with it, and our parents rewarded us too. It’s in every Santa sack and Easter hunt, and when we think about it, we tell ourselves … It can’t really be that bad, can it?
Over time, with chronic high sugar exposure, this incredible sugar-insulin system becomes exhausted. A never-ending ball is tiring. We become insulin resistant.
Once insulin resistant, our response to sugar has changed. When we consume this addictive sweetness, our blood sugar rises and our insulin heroically works to bring our blood sugar back to balance. After working furiously, our insulin drops our blood sugar, but it can fall below the healthy range.
Let’s take a look why this matters …
How do you know if you may be insulin resistant or have type 2 diabetes?
If you get those dreaded 3-4pm energy slumps, irresistible cravings and hunger that would see you gnaw the arm of any soul brave enough to stand between you and your fridge, or you shake and get grumpy, I’m talking to you.
If you are Diabetic, have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or metabolic syndrome, stand in line. You are very likely insulin resistant.
How can you test if you are insulin resistant?
That’s a very important question and one that often is overlooked, even tested for incorrectly. See the usual glucose testing – including the glucose tolerance test – is not good enough.
I answer what you need in this article, How To Correctly Test For Insulin Resistance in PCOS.
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