How does Insulin Resistance occur?
Most of the calories intake come from carbohydrates and, in most cases, these carbohydrates are “simple carbohydrates” such as sugar, sweets and processed products with added sugar (cakes, sodas, cookies, etc.), which are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. This forces the pancreas to release more insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels. If we are constantly eating this kind of food and we don’t exercise, over time our cells can lose their ability to respond to insulin signals, this means they become increasingly resistant to insulin or glucose intolerant, causing blood glucose levels to rise. If this happens, the brain will immediately send a signal to the pancreas so it can release more insulin into the bloodstream to help blood sugar levels to remain normal. This results in elevated blood insulin levels, which is known as “hyperinsulinemia” or “hyperinsulinism”. Hyperinsulinemia can cause serious problems in our body.
Currently, most of the food we eat is also high in saturated fats, this increase the incidence of excess weight, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which in addition to physical inactivity, are the main risk factors for insulin resistance, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular problems.
This doesn’t mean that every person with a normal body weight, won’t have “insulin resistance” because genes also play an important role in this risk.
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