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The lowdown on sugar and insulin

Read this article and it really makes it easy to understand how sugar affects our bodies, thought we would share with you….

“So what is it about sugar that’s so bad?
Sugar is a fast energy releasing carbohydrate, whenever we eat carbohydrates blood sugar levels rise triggering the release of insulin from the pancreas to remove sugar from the blood stream and deliver it to:
* working muscles for immediate fuel, should we be exercising; or
* replenish muscle and liver cells if they have been depleted through hard exercise; or if they are full, into:
* fat cells

Since a lot of people are sedentary and consume too much sugar and too many carbs in general, a large proportion of carb intake has nowhere to go other than into fat stores. Through repeated exposure to raised blood sugar levels our insulin levels are repeatedly too high – as a result we become “insulin resistant” which causes our pancreas to produce ever increasing amounts of insulin to keep blood sugar levels stable. Higher levels of insulin leads to more fat being stored.

How do you know if you are insulin resistant? Simple, no need for tests. You are insulin resistant if you are carrying excess weight.

Unless you address your food and lifestyle choices it could only be a matter of time before your pancreas becomes exhausted and stops being able to produce the insulin needed to metabolise carbohydrates. This is diabetes.
Insulin resistance doesn’t just increase body fat and the risk of diabetes, it impacts every cell in the body increasing your risk of cancer, thyroid problems and heart disease.

Keep your insulin levels low by avoiding spikes in your blood sugar by:
1) exercising 3-4 times per week, including strength and interval training
2) getting plenty of sleep
3) eating fewer carbs
4) eating slow digesting foods
5) leaving gaps between eating – 12 hours from breakfast to your evening meal, 4 hours between meals.”

Food for thought……

 

The Bodycare Team

www.bodycarefitness.co.uk

01268 758181

article originally from Health & Beauty magazine, by Bo Tyler.