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What Happens to Sugar? 

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As a Mom I have cleaned up a lot of other people’s messes!

So I completely identify with the hormone Insulin.

Why?

Because insulin is like a mom…


Just look at these people. They made a lot of messes.

If you have kids or even a messy significant other you may identify with the hormone insulin quite well.

How is Insulin like a Mom?

Mom Insulin likes all the “clutter” put away in its proper place.

Sugar is all the “stuff” that could be “cluttering a  room.” The Blood and Cells are like that kids bedroom and closets or the significant others messy desk.

Are you starting to identify?

Mom Insulin has to make sure the Sugar,  or “stuff,” is put away and everything is in it’s place. Over time Mom Insulin gets used and abused by cleaning up the amount of “stuff cluttering the room.”

Eventually there is so much “stuff”(sugar) cluttering the room and closets that Mom Insulin can’t even get inside the room anymore. Are you beginning to see how the cycle goes?

That’s called insulin resistance. There is simply no more room in the cells or blood (the closets and bedroom) for all of the “stuff” (sugar). Mom Insulin tries to force it in the closets,  but they are jammed shut (that’s the bodies defense mechanism because it knows how damaging sugar is to the body).

So what happens?

The sugar stays in the blood and makes you feel terrible.  Then it is carried  to places like the nerves because it can’t get cleaned up out of the blood, the cells are just too full already. It travels to the extremities where it begins to kill the nerves. That is neuropathy, Insulin is in overdrive at this point.

How is Insulin Resistance treated?

If cells aren’t responding to Mom Insulin’s pleas to take in the clutter and mess of sugar, what can be done about it?**

“Come on…I’ll MAKE those cells let you in!”

Doctors prescribe MORE INSULIN to try and FORCE the sugar into the cells (this of course is where we are seriously beginning to store sugar in the fat cells and start seeing the damaging effect of having this mess sugar) Do we really see the idea of prescribing more of something that is already not working as the best practice? Hmmmm.

GET INTO TO THOSE CELLS!

But this show of force doesn’t work.
The kidneys become tired and worn out, because they weren’t made to have this much sugar passing through their filters. It’s corrosive and damaging. It also begins to kill some more really important nerves. The optic nerves.

So because of the clutter and mess of sugar,  blindness can occur, feet can become damaged and at times need amputation because of nerve death. Eventually the Pancreas…the place where the Mom Insulin comes from shuts down.

Now we are in a super precarious situation. Just ask any type 1 diabetic, they have to control all of this manually.

So, how does this get fixed?  Is it hopeless? Well, it’s a sugar problem,  so eliminating the problem is the answer right!?  Could it really be that simple?  Just stop eating any foods that cause an insulin response and your blood isn’t cluttered with excess sugar any longer? YES. Diet is the very first thing that should change!

If sugar is the mess and it’s become resistant to the cleaning power of Mom insulin, then take the sugar away and give the Mom a break.

Fun Fact: The body only allows 4-5 grams of “sugar” to be floating around in the blood at any given time. That is about 1 teaspoon.

*The opinions expressed here are not intended to treat diagnose or cure any disease. The ideas here are not meant to replace treatment from a medical professional…even though the meal plan they will most likely provide for you will include plenty of insulin inducing foods.*

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**Exercise and eating a ketogenic diet can help increase your insulin sensitivity ** 

References: 

Insulin Resistance and Exercise

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10683091 
  2. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26/3/944.full

The Effect of Sugar on Insulin Sensitivity

  1. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/76/5/911.short
  2. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/49/6/1155.short
  3. http://www.cell.com/trends/endocrinology-metabolism/fulltext/S1043-2760(10)00171-2?_returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS1043276010001712%3Fshowall%3Dtrue&cc=y