How Insulin Helps Your Body Work
Recently, you discovered you’re pre-diabetic. During your annual physical, your doctor warned you you’ll likely become a diabetic in the near future if you don’t modify your lifestyle soon. Since this visit with your physician, you’re more determined than ever before about overhauling your diet and working out regularly. If you can relate to this scenario, you might also be interested in the role insulin plays in your body.
Insulin is a Very Important Hormone
Intriguingly, insulin is a hormone. Insulin’s predominant job is to transform carbohydrates from the foods you eat into fuel. When you consume carbohydrates, they’re broken down into glucose. Once glucose pervades your bloodstream, beta cells in your pancreas manufacture insulin. Insulin travels all over your body through your bloodstream alerting cells to allow glucose to enter. As your cells absorb glucose, the glucose levels in your bloodstream decrease.
Your beta cells sense this decline in blood glucose and slow the production of insulin. This reduction in the manufacture of insulin prevents the glucose levels in your bloodstream from becoming too low. When you haven’t eaten for an extended period of time, you lack insulin in your bloodstream. To acquire the glucose it needs, your body begins to retrieve it from fat stores.
Onset of Type 2 Diabetes
When someone’s beta cells can’t make enough insulin to keep his or her glucose levels within a healthy limit, he or she develops diabetes. In cases of type 1 diabetes, people’s beta cells are damaged by their own immune systems. Type 2 diabetes patients’ cells are resistant to insulin. Their beta cells can’t possibly manufacture enough insulin to counteract this resistance. All type 1 diabetes patients and some type 2 diabetes sufferers require insulin treatment to help them sustain healthy, glucose levels in their bodies.
Know the Warning Signs
According to Diabetics Forecast, more than 8 million Americans have diabetes, but don’t know it. The early symptoms of this serious, medical condition include:
- Frequent urination
- Dry mouth
- Itchy skin
- Blurred vision
Making lifestyle changes is believed to be able to reverse, or slow the progression of, diabetes in some patients. To learn more about hormonal balance and healing foods, consider scheduling a consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you.
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