Insulin is the primary mechanism that your body uses to produce energy directly from food. The process is indirect and fairly complex which is why many people for many years have been studying the problems people have with insulin management and how to correct them. Most people with insulin problems need help reducing insulin levels however some have problems producing it in the first place. To understand the different problems however you first need to know how your body is supposed to respond to it.
What is supposed to happen is this. When you eat food your digestive tract breaks the food down to sugars which enter the blood stream. These sugars act as fuel for the cells of your body however the sugars or glucose cannot enter the cells without the presence of insulin. Your pancreas then secretes insulin via beta cells which enter the blood stream and allow the glucose to metabolize and enter the cells as fuel.
In people who have type 1 diabetes the body is incapable of producing sufficient levels of insulin and as a result glucose remains in the blood. Additionally the body is quite sensitive to insulin and it recognizes that insulin levels are low. As a direct response to this the body “thinks” that glucose levels are low when if fact they are not and additional glucose is then secreted from storage in the liver magnifying the problem of high blood sugar. This without treatment can result in coma or death.
The more common problem associated with insulin management is in people with type 2 diabetes or it’s precursor, insulin resistance. In these people the body has slowly developed a resistance to insulin and despite that fact that the pancreas can produce normal amounts of it the cells of the body are not sensitive to it and aa a result blood sugar levels remain high for extended periods of time. As the condition gets worse the body may not be able to produce enough insulin and insulin supplementation via injects may become necessary.
Your body really needs a perfectly balanced level of insulin in the blood to remain in good health. This is why diabetes is such a destructive long term condition. If you have the warning signs that you may be slowly developing type 2 diabetes you really should take action to correct the condition before it is too late. You can lower insulin levels naturally and regain insulin sensitivity by imply starting to exercise more often. Even if you appear to be in great shape more exercise is the best medicine for early stage insulin insensitivity. Make the change today to avoid problems down the road.