Insulin Resistance occurs when more and more insulin is required to maintain a “normal’ blood sugar. This occurs with a high carbohydrate diet, a diet containing very high amounts of sugar, cereals, refined flours, rice, fruit, grains, starchy vegetables etc. Since the 1970s we have been encouraged to eat all of these foods to the exclusion of fat. High levels of insulin cause inflammation of blood vessels, it acts like growth hormone, disrupts our ability to burn our own fat so we get fatter, turns off our response to feeling full so we over eat and so on and so on.
Conditions related to insulin resistance:
- Hypertension, for many years referred to as essential hypertension of unknown cause
- Type two diabetes, 95% of all diabetics
- Obesity, pre-diabetic state
- Alzheimer’s Disease “Type 3 diabetes”
- Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
- Heart disease (vascular disease)
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Acne – hormone disruption
- Sleep apnoea
- Oesophageal reflux (GORD)
- Inflammatory conditions – osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
All of these will improve or resolve on a low carb diet. Hypertension, diabetes and fatty liver disease respond quickly.