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Understanding Insulin & Insulin Resistance
Let's look closely at insulin and its role in the body. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that helps regulate blood sugar levels. When our blood sugar levels spike, we release insulin to bring them back down and provide energy to our cells.
However, insulin can struggle to keep up when we add carbohydrates (especially those high in sugar and processed fats). This is where insulin resistance comes in, which we'll explore in more detail throughout this program. Nevertheless, it's essential to grasp the role of insulin fully, so feel free to revisit this page as many times as needed.
How carbs and insulin interact in the body.
When we consume carbohydrates, they are broken down into sugar and released into our bloodstream. Our pancreas releases insulin to keep our blood sugar levels at a healthy range.
However, problems can arise when we consistently eat foods that cause our blood sugar to spike but only require a little energy. In these cases, the pancreas releases even more insulin to manage the excess glucose. The more insulin released, the less responsive our cells become to it. This process can lead to insulin resistance - a condition in which the body no longer responds effectively to insulin, making it more difficult to regulate blood sugar levels.
While the body's ability to regulate blood sugar is intricate, understanding the impact of carbs and insulin is essential to maintaining good health. By making informed choices about our diet and lifestyle, we can help to prevent insulin resistance and its associated health risks.
Now about type 2 diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is a severe condition in which the body resists insulin, causing blood sugar levels to rise. While high blood sugar levels may seem harmless, if left untreated, they can lead to various complications, including heart disease, nerve damage, and kidney damage.
It's important to note the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Those with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin and require daily insulin injections or an insulin pump to regulate their blood sugar. Therefore, the SOZA Weight loss program is unsuitable for those with type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is often linked to aging, family history, and unhealthy lifestyle factors. While medications can help manage type 2 diabetes, diet, and lifestyle modifications can potentially reverse the condition. Studies such as the DiRECT Trial have shown that with lifestyle changes such as weight loss and healthy eating habits, it is possible to reverse type 2 diabetes. While previously thought to be a lifelong condition, many members of the SOZA weight loss program have reversed the disease through lifestyle changes.
Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels
Eating foods that cause blood sugar spikes but don't require much energy can lead to excess insulin release
Over time, extra insulin release can lead to desensitization, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes can potentially be reversed with lifestyle and diet changes
Type 1 diabetes is different from type 2 diabetes; those with the former cannot produce insulin
The SOZA Weight loss program is not suitable for those with type 1 diabetes
If you have any concerns, speak with your healthcare professional.
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