WHAT IS HYPERINSULINEMIA?
aka Syndrome X, Metabolic Syndrome X, Diabetes Type III
The body breaks down carbohydrates and sugars to glucose. Glucose, needed by the body for energy, is taken from the blood into the cells by the hormone insulin. Normally, this process keeps blood sugar levels and blood insulin levels in their proper ranges. Insulin is produced by the beta cells of the pancreas. The pancreas (insulin), the adrenals (cortisol) and the liver (glucose) work together to maintain blood sugar levels for a healthy body and brain function.
Hyperinsulinemia is high blood insulin levels (and then ultimately high blood sugar levels) due to insulin resistance (IR) in the cells. The cells throughout the body have become resistant to the insulin and therefore, glucose cannot get into the cells to be utilized for energy. More insulin is produced in response to rising blood glucose levels and this increased insulin wreaks havoc on the body.
Why have the cells of the body become resistant to insulin?
The #1 Problem is refined carbohydrates, sugars and hydrogenated oils. Other poor dietary choices include other processed and GMO “foods”, vitamin and mineral deficiencies (especially chromium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, vanadium, B vitamins, Vitamin A), low essential fatty acids (mostly omega 3s), high saturated fat, high trans-fat (hydrogenated oils), low protein and a poor omega 6:omega 3 ratio (it should be 4:1 but is often 30:1). Other causes of high insulin are genetics, stress, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, immoderate exercise (especially lack of resistance training), infections, severe illnesses, medications, steroid use, inflammation, age and pregnancy.
What can hyperinsulinemia lead to?
Depression • Dementia • High blood pressure • Cardiovascular disease-atherosclerosis • High Abdominal/Visceral fat • Overweight & Obesity • Water retention • Normal or Lower blood sugar levels (at first). Low blood sugar levels lead to: suddenly feeling cold, getting a cold nose, cravings for sweets and caffeine, sudden fatigue, mental confusion, inability to concentrate, mild headache,sense of pain around the eyes. • Then worse symptoms: irritability, sever fatigue, dizziness, shakiness • Later high blood sugar levels, then Type II diabetes. High blood sugar levels cause the degradation of proteins (muscle) in order to make glucose AND causes oxidative stress from free radical damage. • Decreased conversion of T4 to T3 (T3 is the active thyroid hormone). This leads to functional hypothyroidism. • Increased cortisol production from the adrenal glands. This decreases our ability to cope with stress, and decreases our immune response. • Aging • Degenerative Disease.
How do you test/measure for hyperinsulinemia?
Fasting blood insulin levels should be under 8 units (less than 3 = best) • Fasting blood sugar levels (normal = less than 100) • 2 Hour Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (normal = less than 140 mg/dL) • Waist-to-hip circumference: Men-waist greater than hips is abnormal; Women: waist greater than 80% of hips is abnormal • Triglycerides (normal is between 70-110, abnormal is 150 or over) • HDLs (less than 35 is abnormal, 55 or greater is healthy) • High Total Cholesterol • High Blood Pressure • High Uric acid levels
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
NOTE: THIS PROTOCOL IS ALSO USED WITH ANYONE
WANTING TO LOSE WEIGHT!
Add resistance training 3 times/week. Resistance training increases glucose uptake into the cells without the need for insulin, therefore regulating blood sugar levels, giving the pancreas a rest and decreasing blood unhealthy insulin levels.
1. NO trans-fats/hydrogenated fats. This includes margarine, other non-butter substitutes, shortening, vegetable oils, processed foods, many packaged foods, certain soups, fast foods, frozen foods, baked goods, etc. Check food labels!
2. Lower intake of saturated. This includes high-fat animal foods, coconut, coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil (often called tropical oils) and cocoa butter.
3. Moderate polysaturated or mono-saturated fats. This includes nuts (walnuts), seeds (flax), fish (deep sea), avocados, wild game meats, grass-fed beef, eggs and poultry. Animal fat from non-organic, commercial animals is VERY different from organic, grass-fed, pasture-farmed animals!
*Trans-fats and saturated fats increase cellular resistance to insulin. We need essential fatty acids in our diet for the brain, nervous system, hormones, the heart, muscle and warmth/protection. Low Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) can actually lead to high cholesterol because the body will signal the liver to produce cholesterol because it is low. BUT we need the right fats! We need Omega 3s. We get enough omega 6s and 9s without even thinking about it. We need to take in more 3s! Omega 3s protect us against heart disease, help to fight cancer and decrease overall inflammation in the body.
4. No refined carbohydrates and sugar, especially white flour and white sugar. Refined carbs/sugars rob your body of vitamins and minerals because they are needed to metabolize the sugar into energy.
5. No processed grains … especially wheat.
6. Add Low glycemic foods … AKA complex carbs.
*Why low glycemic foods? Because grains, sugars and underground veggies cause the pancreas to increase/release insulin. Low glycemic foods include: artichoke, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, lettuce (all varieties), Greek yogurt, peppers (all varieties), snow peas, spinach, young summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cherries, peas (dried), plum, grapefruit, pearled barley, peaches, dried apricots, baby lima beans, apple, pear, quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, tomato soup, carrots (cooked), chickpeas, custard, grapes, oranges, lentil soup, pinto beans, bulgur, baked beans, green peas, old-fashioned oatmeal, sprouted foods and fermented foods.
7. Breakfast is VERY important!
You have been fasting all night so blood sugar levels are low and the pancreas has a rest from making insulin. The liver may make glucose if needed (it usually is) in the middle of the night/early morning. Breakfast is breaking that fast so you do not want to put sugar or high glycemic/refined carbs into it. Poor breakfasts lead to high blood sugar levels and high blood insulin levels. The insulin causes the body to store carbohydrates in the liver and fat cells, in addition to creating inflammation. The body lowers the blood sugar levels then it craves more sugar, carbs and caffeine. Vicious cycle!
8. Good Proteins: Pea protein, eggs, organic grass-fed poultry and beef, wild game, fish/seafood, seeds and more!
Step 1 (90 Days) Metabolic Age Support System Kit: Join my 90 Day In.Form Holistic Weight Loss Class online, utilizing the metabolic support supplements - Pea Protein Shakes with phytosterols and inulin fiber, Probiotics, Berberine, Multiple Vitamin/Mineral, Omega 3s and CardioxLDL. Combining these high quality supplements with a clean eating meal plan and exercise supports a healthy gut microbiome, stabilizes blood sugar and insulin levels and improves metabolism that not only promotes weight loss but also better mood, increased energy, deep sleep, healthier skin and deeper motivation. This program is also available one-on-one.
Step 2 (28 Days) 28-Day CleanStart Detox: The 28-Day CleanStart Detox is a great way to begin your path to cleansing. Continue implementing clean eating and other lifestyle changes, such as elimination of toxins and adding consistent exercise, in addition to supplements that cleanse your cells of various chemicals and your colon of stagnant, toxic feces. A Detoxifying Fiber Drink with capsules of Detoxifying Herbs, Liquid Chlorophyll, Probiotics, B Vitamins, Multiple Vitamin/Mineral and a Pea Protein Shake. I personally have completed this cleanse about 10 times in the past 5 years in addition to assisting others … all with excellent results in weight loss along with improved gut function, mood, sleep, energy, skin and overall wellness.
Step 3 (6 months) Monthly Consultations: After you have completed three months of In.Form and the Metabolic Age Support System and one month of the cleanse, you will be able to better assess the quality of your health. Four months of dietary changes, exercise and supplements, including a detoxification program, WILL allow you to see significant changes! Any remaining symptoms or weaknesses can be addressed by meeting with me once/month for 6 months. Please contact me directly for more information on any of these Steps.
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