You’re not alone. It affects up to 88% of Americans. It’a called Insulin Resistance.
You know that feeling when you feel more affected when eating carbohydrates than your friends? You might feel really heavy, tired and just sick. Or, you’ll feel elated and full of energy, like a kid after he’s eaten a few hundred jelly beans. And a few hours later, you’ll feel so light-headed that you’ll want to sit down. This is called a ‘sugar low’.
This is a major tell-tale sign of insulin resistance and after speaking to the highly esteemed and knowledgable Professor Benjamin Bikman, I know I had insulin resistance.
What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps glucose in your blood enter cells in your muscle, fat, and liver, where it’s used for energy. Glucose comes from the food you eat. The liver also makes glucose in times of need, such as when you’re fasting. When blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels rise after you eat, your pancreas releases insulin into the blood. Insulin then lowers blood glucose to keep it in the normal range.
What is insulin resistance?
Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood. As a result, your pancreas makes more insulin to help glucose enter your cells. As long as your pancreas can make enough insulin to overcome your cells’ weak response to insulin, your blood glucose levels will stay in the healthy range.
Doctor, Scientist and Professor Ben Bikman is a very intelligent man, and very learned. I learnt more as a journalist in 1 hour than I have in 2 semesters at university.
Have a look at the interview, you won’t be dissapointed!!