Could it be that there is a disease which is affecting more and more lives and the average person has not even heard of it? Many experts say: yes, there is.[1] This disease is called insulin resistance. People are usually aware of some of the most basic effects of insulin, they know it reduces blood sugar, but are not informed about other crucial roles of insulin and the risks of its elevated levels in the blood.

How Insulin Works

Let me briefly describe the most important role of insulin in the human body. It is produced by the pancreas and acts as a signal inside your body. This signal tells the cells that there are nutrients available in the bloodstream (sugars, minerals and vitamins) and it’s time to feed, it’s time to absorb the nutrients they need from the blood. Other important effects of it are that it prevents fat burning and promotes fat storage.[2]

This mechanism works well and the insulin levels remain normal until we start to eat too many carbohydrates. Too much carbohydrate and sugar intake will increase your blood sugar. This is very dangerous and your body will do everything to lower the blood sugar levels. The simplest way of this is to increase the amount of insulin, so the cells absorb the sugars and the blood sugar levels return to normal. However, if this system is overwhelmed and we keep eating carbohydrates, the cells will look like overpacked suitcases: they won’t have any more room left. However, high sugar levels are still dangerous, so the pancreas will start to bombard the cells with stronger and stronger insulin signals, as a last desperate attempt to reduce blood sugar.

Consequences of High Insulin Levels

What happens when someone is constantly yelling at you? You just block that person out. This is exactly what the cells do as well: they respond less and less to insulin, and its level will constantly rise, causing tremendous damage to the body. Everyone knows the end of the story: the cells become so insensitive that they cannot absorb any more sugars or nutrients, no matter how high the insulin level is, and the sugar simple stays in the blood. At this point, we have arrived to type 2 diabetes.[3] It is important to know that this is a serious condition and it means that we have overloaded our body with carbohydrates for at least 10 to 15 years until the body finally gave up trying to maintain healthy sugar levels. This can be extremely dangerous and, unfortunately, it can be only detected by the blood glucose levels when we are at the end of the process, so it is almost never diagnosed in time.

How Do We Know If There Is a Problem?

Insulin resistance is insidious: we eat the food, it will be in the blood, but the cells become insensitive and can no longer absorb the nutrients they need. There is plenty of nutrients in the blood, yet the cells are starving inside. The patient usually becomes overweight and seemingly there is no solution. 

However, you may know from the following symptoms if you have a problem: 

  • You have blood sugar fluctuations, 
  • you’re getting tired too quickly.
  • If you miss a meal, you get exhausted,
  • you have low mental energy and you can not think. 
  • After meals, you are physically full, but you do not feel satiated or satisfied. 
  • You cannot miss your breakfast, otherwise you won’t be able to work. 
  • You must always eat some sweets after meals to have satiety.

What Can I Do?

The solution is simple: change to a ketogenic diet[4] and practice fasting[5]. Both will keep your insulin levels as low as possible, so you can easily break this vicious cycle, stabilize your energy levels, and start healing your body. If you feel ready to try the ketogenic diet,

Do you have any of the symptoms of insulin resistance? Please, leave your comments below!

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