Thursday, February 21, 2008

Inside Info on Insulin

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." Dr. Michael Eades, Protein Power
The human pancreas produces a master metabolism hormone known as insulin which helps change the food we eat into fuel or energy for the cells. It stores glucose in the liver and helps the body reserve fat. If the beta cells of the pancreas do not produce enough insulin, it has to be taken by either injection or an insulin pump. It is more or less common knowledge that a low insulin level can cause some severe side affects including nervousness, shakiness, perspiration, dizziness, difficulty speaking, and feeling anxious or weak. If not treated, it can result in low blood sugar and/or a hypoglycemic coma.
On the other hand, when your insulin level is out of balance and consistently elevated, a long list of deadly complications are created.
Science has proven that excess insulin causes your body to lack in many vitamins and minerals. This deficiency is directly linked to and a cause of high blood sugar levels which if likewise not treated, may lead to a hyperosmolar hyperglycemic coma.
Excessive insulin secretion due to accidental or deliberate injection is dangerous and can be acutely life-threatening because blood levels of glucose drop rapidly and the brain becomes starved for energy. This drop in blood levels (insulin shock) can be explained in this way: when insulin levels are high, lots of cell glucose channels become open (travels rapidly) which results in the blood sugar level then dropping too low.
Excess insulin, which is stirred by eating extreme amounts of carbohydrates, is, in principal, to blame for the obesity so common these days. Because it oxidizes carbohydrates instead of fatty acids for energy, it indirectly stimulates buildup of fat in tissue.
Insulin is a cell proliferator, which means it helps cells multiply. So in the case of one cancer cell, high levels of insulin would cause that cell to grow and spread throughout the body. This would explain why studies show that one of the most common links to breast and colon cancers are high levels of insulin.
High levels of insulin have also shown to be one of the biggest causes of accelerated ageing in men which comes along with its own problems: cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer.
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