Insulin is a hormone that has played a critical role in our
survival. If it weren't for insulin we wouldn't have survived!
Here is how it works.
A Bear Story
Say you have an
animal like a bear. It lives in the woods and wanders around all
day hoping to find some food. Sometimes the bear gets lucky and
finds plenty to eat but on other occasions food is hard to find.
In the wild the food supply is highly unreliable.
The poor bear may go
for days or even weeks without finding any food. So nature
created insulin to help protect him against starvation.
Let's say our bear
is hungry and stumbles on a line of blackberry bushes that are
full of juicy, ripe blackberries. He begins to munch away. When
the first sensation of sweetness occurs in his mouth his
pancreas immediately responds by increasing it's output of
This increased insulin has three main functions all of which
prepare the bear for any future famines.
1. First insulin
is a primary hunger hormone. Within minutes the bear's
hunger is dramatically increased which ensures that he will
eat as much as he can and gain as much fat as possible.
2, At the same
time the extra insulin blocks his body's ability to burn fat
for energy (ketosis). Nature wants to conserve as much fat as possible
as it will help him get through a lack of food in some point
in the future.
3. Then the
insulin promotes rapid weight gain. Again the goal is the
same - to increase the bear's fat stores. The more fat is
stored the more easily he can survive in a future where food
is hard to find.
Perhaps now you can
see why insulin is a dieters worse nightmare. If your
blood insulin level is too high it will trigger rapid weight
gain and make it much more difficult to lose weight through
Get your insulin
level down and you'll lose weight much more quickly and easily
than ever before.
Insulin is Your Friend?
Type 1 diabetics
have to shoot up with insulin on a daily basis while with type 2
diabetes insulin injections are usually reserved for diabetics
in the later stages of their disease.
Chances are your
doctor will paint a very rosy picture when it comes to
recommending insulin use. Very few physicians will give you the
details listed above. Once again it seems as though their
primary goal is the increased sale of pharmaceuticals. It's a
simple case of greed - putting profits before people.
Most diabetics are
overweight so using a hormone that promotes weight gain in three
different ways seems like a very bad approach. This is why
diabetic patients tend to gain weight over the years which makes
their lives and the management of their diabetes even more
difficult and eventually hastens their death due to stroke or
As your insulin
level rises you'll inevitably get fatter and the severity of
your diabetic complications will worsen. Just remember that the
weight gain is not your fault - it's the insulin that's the real
problem. Be very careful about using insulin or any diabetes
that increases insulin production in the pancreas.