Cases of type 2 diabetes are on the rise around the world. The main feature of type 2 diabetes is high blood sugar levels in the body. This leads to insulin resistance which disables the sugar to enter the cells, and so it remains in the blood. Not getting blood sugar under control can lead to a whole host of health problems including eye, foot, nerve, kidney and heart damage.
Taking steps to reduce insulin resistance ca help lower blood sugar levels and decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Many studies have proven that fasting have beneficial effects on insulin resistance, resulting in a significant reduction in blood sugar levels.
Fasting has been part of human culture for thousands of years, even before the advent of Islam. Most of the major religions encourage their believers to restrict food intake during certain times.
When you eat and your body breaks down your food, the glucose (sugar) from your food goes into your bloodstream for transport to your cells. Glucose gives your cells the fuel they need to do their jobs.
Insulin is a hormone that tells your cells to accept their delivery of glucose fuel. When your body gets the signal that you’ve eaten, beta cells in your pancreas produce insulin, which is what tells your cells absorb glucose.
When you don’t have insulin, such as when you have diabetes, your cells do not allow glucose in and the glucose stays in your bloodstream. Once your body senses that glucose has been hanging around in your bloodstream for a while, it stores it as fat for later, because it thinks your cells don’t need it now.
When insulin signals to your cells that fuel is coming and your cells respond by receiving the glucose from your bloodstream, you get the energy you need and you don’t pack on body fat.
Insulin resistance is what you get when the delivery guy knocks and nobody answers the door. Insulin signals that fuel is coming, but your cells do not open up to receive glucose. So, sugar stays in the bloodstream, and after a while your body stores it as fat.
If nobody answers the door, your body sends more delivery guys knocking. Your pancreas produces more insulin to turn up the volume on the signal that your cells should absorb glucose. Sometimes a little more insulin is what your cells need to respond. Insulin resistance is when your cells are stubborn and don’t respond well to insulin’s signal, for various reasons.
Your pancreas can only keep up with so much insulin production. When your pancreas gets fatigued, you can end up with insulin deficiency, pre-diabetes, or diabetes, which all cause various levels of wonky blood sugar and fat storage.
Insulin Resistance Symptoms
A lot of people who are insulin resistant have no idea, and could go years or a lifetime without having the energy they could. Most of the time, insulin resistance doesn’t trigger any symptoms at all, and the symptoms that do show up could be anything. Some things that you might attribute to insulin resistance include:
Extra weight in the middle
Patches of dark skin
Elevated fasting blood sugar
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Fatty liver disease
Sugar and carb cravings
Scalp hair loss in women
High blood pressure
Fluid retention, swelling in ankles
Improving Insulin Sensitivity Through Fasting
One of the best ways to increase your insulin sensitivity is through fasting. Dr. Jason Fung explains how intermittent fasting drops your insulin levels, which alters your body’s demand for insulin in a good way.
“If you become very insulin resistant, then your insulin levels are up all the time, your body is always trying to shove the energy into the fat cells, and then you feel cold and tired and lousy. That’s the real problem. Resistance really depends on two things. It’s not simply the high levels, but it’s the persistence of those levels. What people have realized is that the insulin resistance, because it depends on those two things, a period of time where you can get your insulin levels very low is going to break that resistance because it breaks that persistence. Not simply the levels, but the persistence of those levels.”
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