Have you heard the term, ‘insulin resistance’ before? It has to do with blood sugar control and how your body metabolizes different substances.
Once sugar or glucose enters your bloodstream, here is what happens:
- The pancreas secretes insulin, which shunts the glucose your body doesn’t use to either fat storage, muscle or the liver.
- When there is more sugar in the bloodstream than what the pancreas can keep up with, the body calls for more and more insulin.
- Pretty soon, the body becomes irresponsive to the increased amounts of insulin being secreted, leading to insulin resistance.
- As a result, insulin levels decrease dramatically, and there is an inordinate amount of glucose left in the bloodstream. This can lead to nerve and blood vessel damage, perpetuating inflammation and thereby lays the groundwork for a plethora of autoimmune and chronic condition, such as Hashimoto’s, heart disease and dementia.
Therefore, its of utmost importance to look at related lab values: fasting glucose, triglycerides, ldl cholesterol, and insulin.