Abnormal high cholesterol levels & Insulin
The typical cholesterol levels of a person with insulin resistance are low HDL (good cholesterol), and high LDL (bad cholesterol) as well as high triglycerides.
Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas in response to rising blood glucose levels. Insulin secretion increases whenever you consume a meal containing carbohydrates or proteins. Insulin stimulates the absorption of glucose by the cells of your liver, muscles and fat tissue.
Insulin resistance is a condition characterized by a decreased sensitivity of these cells to insulin’s effects. This sets the stage for a variety of metabolic disorders, including abnormal blood lipid levels (high cholesterol).
According to Dr. Darwin Deen of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, descriptions of patients with altered insulin metabolism were documented in the medical literature 50 years ago.
In 1988 a constellation of physiologic traits that included insulin resistance, central obesity, elevated blood pressure and lipid abnormalities – high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol – was given the name “syndrome X” when it was recognized that these traits increased patients’ risks for diabetes and heart disease.
This condition is now called insulin resistance syndrome or metabolic syndrome.
The International Diabetes Federation considers obesity to be one of the main driving forces behind the increasing incidence of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. Obesity has been linked to high blood glucose levels, elevated serum triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance.
Each of these factors is independently associated with cardiovascular disease, and insulin resistance is directly tied to the lipid abnormalities that generate atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
Exercise and weight loss are the primary means of treating insulin resistance and normalizing the lipid disorders associated with metabolic syndrome. In addition, limiting your dietary saturated fat consumption helps to improve insulin sensitivity, and reducing your intake of refined sugars and simple carbohydrates helps to decrease triglyceride levels.
High cholesterol, high triglycerides and high blood pressure can exist in people who do not have metabolic syndrome, and these conditions often respond to medications.
However, insulin resistance per se usually responds to lifestyle changes.
Insulin resistance and its associated metabolic abnormalities may overtake cigarette smoking as the primary risk factor for heart disease among Western populations, according to Deen.
Our obesity epidemic is contributing to a marked increase in the incidence of metabolic syndrome, which is the precursor for diabetes and an entire spectrum of cardiovascular disorders, including heart attacks, strokes and hypertension.
To lose weight is the first major hurdle to overcome in the battle against these life threatening ailments.
Follow the Manna Weight Loss Program in the free e-book and take the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets with each meal to control blood sugar levels and therefore reduce insulin production to restore insulin sensitivity of the cells.