Insulin Resistance: When Our Bodies Rebel
One of the main ways that sugar overconsumption is a driver in all of those diseases is because too much sugar causes insulin resistance.
You see, insulin — a hormone produced in the pancreas in response to glucose — is a key that unlocks our cells in order to allow glucose in the bloodstream to enter, be used for energy, and power our metabolism.
Insulin resistance develops, over time, when our bodies get overwhelmed with too much sugar, causing our cells to go into defense mode and to ignore insulin’s unlock “requests,” which spikes our blood sugar levels and heads us down the road to chronic disease.
And insulin resistance can bring on metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome, sometimes called Syndrome X, affects 47 million Americans and is marked by elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess belly fat and unhealthy levels of either LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or ”bad” cholesterol) or triglycerides.
Metabolic syndrome boosts your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.