(The Best Years in Life)
Human beings are amazingly good at
rationalization. They can justify their
unhealthy behavior by putting blinders
on and blaming anything besides
themselves. One good example of this is
the fact that although almost everyone
knows that overeating processed
carbohydrates causes diabetes, many
people with this disease choose to
believe it struck them out of the blue
and for no reason. They say diabetes
just happens, and there is nothing
anyone can do about it. The last time I
heard this said was at lunchtime when a
colleague eating two McDonald’s cherry
pies said it. Less than a year later she
was dead from liver and pancreatic
cancer, because sometimes cancer gets
there first. The moral of this story is
that diabetes and its kissing cousin,
obesity, are self-inflicted diseases.
Learning the role insulin plays can help
everyone get a better outcome.
The important thing to know about processed
carbohydrates is that they all quickly break down into sugar (glucose) in the
body, because the substances that would prevent this have been stripped away
during processing. Excessive sugar promotes excessive insulin secretion, the
start of the vicious circle that leads to diabetes. By identifying and
drastically reducing the consumption of processed carbohydrates, it is possible
to make peace with insulin.
Insulin is a major hormone made in the pancreas.
Although it plays several roles in the body, one of the primary ones is to
determine whether blood sugar will be burned as energy or stored as fat. In
other words, insulin can work for you or against you, and which way it goes is
determined by you. If you have already consumed enough sugar to fulfill energy
needs (and that doesn’t take much), insulin has no other place to put the rest
of the sugar you’ve eaten except to store it as fat. If weight loss and avoiding
diabetes is a goal, cutting way down on processed carbohydrates is a must.
How insulin works
When a person who rarely eats processed
carbohydrates chooses to indulge, blood sugar levels become elevated and the
pancreas secretes a small amount of insulin into the bloodstream. Then the sugar
and insulin travel to the liver where the decision is made to burn the sugar as
But in the body of someone who has consumed lots
of processed carbohydrates for a long period of time, insulin resistance will
have set in. In this situation, cells cannot accept any additional sugar so they
cannot burn it off. When cells cannot accept any more sugar for energy, a
further release of insulin from the pancreas is initiated, leading to even
higher insulin levels, as the body keeps trying to do what it no longer can do .
If this goes on for awhile, high insulin leads to
weight gain that starts around the midsection. In women the waist, thighs and
stomach begin to bulge. Men get pot bellies. This is so predictable that it can
be thought of as an insulin meter. Whether you are overweight or not, thickening
of the midsection is a flashing signal that insulin levels are too high.
What else besides eating processed carbohydrates
can bring on insulin resistance? The hormone imbalance that leads to aging also
leads to weight gain and degenerative diseases such as diabetes, particularly
when steroid hormone levels are low. Too much insulin can also spur deposits of
arterial plaque, and can fuel the growth and division of cancerous cells.
Scientists have shown in studies that breast, colon and prostate cancers grow
more rapidly when they are stimulated by excessive insulin.
Oncologist and certified homeopath Dr. James
Forsythe uses insulin in the very low doses of chemotherapy he administers. In
doing so, he creates a smart bomb. “When you give this mixture intravenously
along with the low-dose chemo, the cancer cell thinks that a simple sugar is
available, so the cell becomes receptive, opens its pores, and is more
accessible to the low-dose chemo.”
Another effect of high insulin is a deficiency of
potassium, which leads to an inability to process salt. This means extra fluid
is held in cells, leading to high blood pressure. Then the amount of blood
pumped out by each heart contraction is increased, stretching the walls of the
arteries and making them stiff.
There’s an estrogen connection too
Women who have low levels of estrogen crave
processed carbohydrates, especially things made with white flour and chocolate.
This is because estrogen is a necessary for the production of serotonin, the
neurotransmitter that keeps depression away. Consuming sweets spikes insulin,
resulting in craving for more sweets in turn. This part of the vicious circle
practically guarantees faster aging, since spiked insulin levels accelerate
What to do
How can insulin resistance be avoided or at least
delayed? The new breed of physicians treating aging say these are essential:
Make sure all hormones are at optimal levels
and in perfect balance
Eat real whole unprocessed foods that contain real fats
Sleep eight hours a night (hormone balance will take care of this)
Get a good amount of exercise on a daily basis
Avoid low fat diets
Don’t use prescription drugs or diet pills
Skip the soda pop
Don’t allow much stress in your life
Want to learn more about insulin and other
hormones? Hear it all from these interviews with anti-aging specialists:
Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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