Insulin

Insulin is the hormone your body makes to help you regulate (lower) your blood sugar.

Functions of Insulin:

  • Counters the actions of adrenaline and cortisol in the body
  • Helps the body repair
  • Helps to covert blood sugar into triglycerides
  • Keeps blood glucose levels from rising too high
  • Plays a major role in the production of serotonin (your ‘’happy’’ neurotransmitter)
  • Stimulates the development of muscle, but at high levels it turns off the production of muscle and increases the production of fat.

When one eats complex carbohydrates and simple sugars, insulin levels climb.  If you eat too much sugar, your body produces more and more insulin until the insulin does not work as effectively as it should.  The medical term for this is ‘’insulin resistance’’.

Symptoms of Excess Insulin:

  • Acne
  • Aging process accelerates
  • Asthma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Estrogen levels that are too low
  • Heart disease
  • Heartburn
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraine headaches
  • Osteopenia/osteoporosis
  • Weight gain

Causes of Excess Insulin Production

  • Consuming soft drinks
  • Diet pills
  • Eating a low fat diet
  • Eating trans-fats (partially hydrogenated foods)
  • Elevated DHEA levels
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Excessive or unnecessary thyroid hormone medication
  • Excessive progesterone replacement
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of exercise
  • Low estrogen levels
  • Skipping meals
  • Smoking
  • Some over-the-counter cold medications (any that contain caffeine)
  • Some prescription medications:  Beta blockers, birth control pills, some meds for depression and psychosis, steroids and Thiazide diuretics
  • Stress
  • Use of natural stimulants
  • Use of recreational stimulants
  • Using artificial sweeteners
  • Yo-Yo or Chronic dieting