Sugar, Insulin and Disease

Written by Dr. Nirvana

January 19, 2014

As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, the boxes of chocolate and various desserts await us. So what happens when we become overly indulgent on sweets and starches in our diet, besides gaining weight?

Normally, the consumption of sugar or carbohydrates causes a release of insulin in our bodies which then allows for the sugar to be directed into our cells for use. The basic fuel to every cell in our body is sugar. However, in excess, sugar causes an inflammatory effect on every part of our bodies.

When sugar  binds to the body’s proteins, it produces advanced glycation end products, which are “sugar-coated” proteins that have become stiff, inflexible, and dysfunctional.Advanced glycation end products trigger inflammation and oxidization, leading to massive amounts of the tissue damage that underlies chronic disease.

In response to surplus blood sugar, the body has to pump out far too much insulin.Insulin is a hormone that’s essential for carbohydrate and fat metabolism. But when it’s secreted in excess, insulin becomes a “death hormone.” Chronically elevated insulin levels put you at increased risk of dying from diseases as diverse as cancer, obesity, heart attacks, and strokes, and can ultimately lead to a burnt-out pancreas incapable of any glucose control at all.

Even people with normal fasting blood sugar levels are at an increased risk if their after-meal glucose levels rise too high, too fast That’s why, even if you’re not diabetic, you need to be doing all you can to keep your blood sugar and insulin levels under control.

Making sure that your normal daily diet is up to par with maintaining a low-risk for increased insulin is vital. Dr. Nirvana’s lifestyle review can assist you in managing your diet for optimal health. If you are ready to get more out of life and enhance your vitality, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nirvana now.

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