Do Healthy Meals and Snacks Affect Insulin Levels?

Many of the recommended healthy foods that we are eating today often elevate blood sugar levels faster than if we were eating pure table sugar. Elevated blood sugars levels over stimulate the release of insulin causing Insulin Abuse.

We have been taught to start our day with a healthy breakfast. Bagel, cereal, instant oatmeal, toast and sweetened orange juice. However the majority of these are high processed foods. Studies show that high processed foods can raise blood sugar levels faster than if you were eating pure table sugar.

When we eat a meal or snack with high processed high glycemic carbohydrates it will cause a rise in blood sugars levels (hyperglycemia). This fast rise in blood sugar levels will cause the body to over produce Insulin to bring blood sugars levels down in to the normal range. This over stimulation of Insulin is called Insulin Abuse.

Without knowing it the meals and snacks we eat can cause us to overstimulate our insulin many times every day. When we cause our body to over produce insulin it causes blood sugar levels to fall to low (hypoglycemia). The body now feels hungry and time for another meal or snack often starting this cycle all over again.

This daily cycle of up and down blood sugar levels creates high blood insulin levels. This causes glycemic stress and Inflammation to the fine lining of our arteries. This inflammation starts in the smallest blood vessels deep in the muscles called the capillaries.

Over time this inflammation causes the arteries to get tougher and thicker. This makes it harder for your insulin to pass through the arteries and supply glucose to the cells. This inflammation causes us to become less sensitive to our insulin. This is the beginning stage of developing Insulin Resistance.

Insulin abuse often starts early in life (often childhood) (kids love sweets, candy’s, cereal, french fries, sodas, etc). It can take anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more for this daily Insulin Abuse to develop into full Insulin Resistance.

Over time with no real symptoms the body slowly starts to develop a resistance to Insulin. It is easy to over look the early symptoms.

  1. Central weight gain.
  2. Low HDL cholesterol.
  3. Increasing Triglyceride levels.
  4. Fatigue after a meal or snack.
  5. Hypoglycemia.

Over time as this develops into full blown Insulin Resistance. you will develop more serious systems.

  1. High blood pressure.
  2. Central Obesity.
  3. High Triglyceride levels.
  4. Low HDL cholesterol levels.
  5. Fasting blood sugar levels above 110 mg/dl

These symptoms are directly related to Metabolic Syndrome and the development of Type 2 Diabetes.

Without taking action and making changes to your diet and life style you are at very high risk to develop Type 2 Diabetes. Even if you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it is never to late to start a healthy diet with proper nutrition and modest exercise. When you take action you can dramatically reduce and improve your Diabetes symptoms.

Source by Steve Shipley

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