Problems with blood sugar metabolism start when the insulin your pancreas makes tries to attach to your cells and can’t. If your cells are damaged, not working right, or missing insulin receptors your insulin can’t attach and do what it’s suppose to do. Depending on the amount of damage, only some insulin will actually attach, letting less glucose into your cells. Now your cells can’t make the right amount of energy and don’t work right. This leads to symptoms and overall fatigue.
Your pancreas, which is still activated because there is too much sugar in the blood, continues to release more and more insulin because it’s trying to get the extra glucose out of your blood. The pancreas becomes over-worked and eventually exhausted, which leads to the pancreas no longer working right.
Because your insulin level doesn’t go down, serotonin from your brain isn’t released, which means your brain doesn’t tell you that you feel full. This means your hunger or cravings continue.
This malfunctioning results in:
1. Not enough glucose entering your cells to give you energy, which makes you feel fatigued.
2. An over-worked, tired pancreas, which can lead to hypoglycemia and/or diabetes.
3. Due to the insulin/serotonin scenario, cravings for food or signals of hunger continue and y0u don’t get the “I’m full” feeling and this can lead to weight issues.
4. High levels of glucose stay in the blood stream. Your body can’t let this continue because it is very dangerous to your health, so this excess glucose must either:
* Be converted by the liver into glycogen (glucose storage) to be used in times of hunger
* Or, if these “storage vaults” are full, be converted into FAT.
What is the end result?
* These “storage vaults”, or fat, don’t get used enough because we keep eating and don’t exercise enough to use them up. They just keep growing and growing and this causes weight issues/obesity.
* Simple carbohydrate addiction. We continue to crave foods that quickly break down into glucose, such as sugars, baked goods, white pasta, soda pop, processed foods, and alcohol.
* Hypoglycemic tendencies that may lead to hypoglycemia or diabetes.
* Note: Most of your body can use stored fat for energy, but your brain only “runs” on glucose. Therefore it needs a constant supply. Without it, symptoms such as dizziness, faintness, moodiness, irritability, weakness, and fuzzy thinking may result. The brain then puts out signals of hunger, or cravings for glucose containing foods, to eliminate a possible crisis.
If the cycle is not stopped, or controlled by a change in diet and lifestyle, obesity and/or other critical health issues are very likely to occur.
Think about it. Fat intake, especially the right type of fat, is not the major contributor to our body’s fat production. Now you know how sugar and simple carbohydrates lead to fat production. Fat has been getting a bad rap when what we should be reviewing is our sugar and simple carbohydrate intake.
We’ll talk more about this tomorrow.
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