Carbohydrates are sugars. When you digest carbohydrates some of these sugars enter the blood stream where they raise blood sugar levels and stimulate the release of insulin. This is normal.
The purpose of this insulin is to get the sugar out of your blood stream and into your cells where it can be used for energy.
However, because insulin also stimulates fat synthesis and fat storage the high insulin level that occurs following a high-carbohydrate meal virtually ensure that all the sugar you just ate gets converted into fat.
These high insulin levels can also cause too much glucose to enter your cells. When this happens, your blood sugar level not only drops, it drops below normal levels.
This condition, which is known as reactive or “rebound” hypoglycemia, creates symptoms of weakness, fatigue, light-headedness and hunger that typically occur within an hour or two of eating a high-carbohydrate meal.
Effects of insulin on Fat
The effects of insulin on body fat are perhaps best exemplified by two diseases:
Type I diabetes and insulinoma.
Type I diabetes, is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Unless they receive insulin injections, people with type I diabetes become extremely thin and are unable to gain weight – regardless of how many calories they eat.
At the other extreme are people who develop an insulin secreting tumour of the pancreas or “insulinoma”.
These people have very high insulin levels. As a result they experience weight gain without increasing the number of calories they consume and are typically unable to lose weight until the tumor is surgically removed.
More Effects of Insulin
Too much insulin causes much of that fat to be deposited in the abdominal area. Abdominal or visceral fat is particularly harmful to the health because it acts as a secretory gland that releases substances that cause tissues to become resistant to the effects of insulin.
And the bad news does not end there.
In addition to creating obesity and impeding weight loss, elevated insulin levels also cause inflammation, a condition which has been linked to the development of numerous diseases including coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Other certain characteristics are common amongst people with insulin resistance:
•Age greater then 40 years
•High blood pressure
So what can you do?
• Eat fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis
• Limit intake of carbohydrates
• Supplement your diet with Omega Fish oil supplement
• Eat grass fed beef