We all know what Insulin in, or at least we think we do. We know it is what diabetics take to stay healthy and we know it is made in the pancreas for someone without diabetes. But do we really know what it is beyond that?
I'm going to break it down and simplify it the best I can because I believe having a clear understanding of Insulin can save us from a lot of illness down the road.
Pretend for a moment that every cell in your body has a little door with a lock on it:
When we consume food, it is broken down into glucose which needs to go inside the cell in order for us to have energy. So glucose comes knocking at the door!
Insulin is the key that unlocks the door and let's the glucose come in:
When all is working well in the body, this is a wonderful system. The glucose knocks on the door, the body sends insulin to unlock the door and the glucose enters our cells giving energy to keep everything functioning as it should. But what happens if this doesn't always work the way it should? What if a person becomes INSULIN RESISTANT?
Excess glucose in the blood is also called blood sugar. What happens when our blood sugar levels get too high too often? What effect does excess glycogen have on the liver?
Glycogen is important to be stored in the liver and in muscles as it is our energy store. If we skip a meal or complete a difficult workout, these stores are used and depleted. However, these stores can only hold so much at one time. After that, the excess glycogen clogs up the liver making it enlarged and fatty. It's almost like the body wants to store away some glycogen for a rainy day-it just isn't equipped to store it for 40 rainy days.
Over time, if a lifestyle allows the insulin resistance to take place, over and over again, insulin resistance will turn into prediabetes and eventually into Type 2 Diabetes. This is NOT to be confused with Type 1. That is a completely different lesson for a different day!
It is estimated that in 2012, 86 million US adults had Prediabetes. 86 million adults. That is an alarming number and has probably only grown over the past 3 years. Studies also show that most people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes within 10 years, unless they change the insulin resistant patterns.
The good news is that this can be reversed, especially if caught early on! If you know you are insulin resistant, this message is for you! If you don't know if you are, but think you might (being overweight and underactive are excellent indicators that you might be), it is worth seeing your doctor! A simple blood test can measure your A1c (average blood glucose levels over a 90 day period). Normal is 5. Prediabetes is 5.7-6.4 and diabetes is anything over 6.5.
Coriander Essential Oil is great for stimulating the body to create and better process insulin. Many have noticed a decrease in blood sugar and their ability to regulate blood sugar by using this oil on a regular basis. Take 4-5 drops in a capsule with a carrier oil once day. Essential oils offer great support to whatever lifestyle choices you are making. I would love to share with you more on this topic and see how these oils can bless your life. Click HERE
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Creating a lifestyle that balances blood sugar
, reduces inflammation
and improves liver detoxification
is the key to preventing and reversing insulin resistance and prediabetes.
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