I have shared with you before about me trying to get in ketosis, it was going well and I lost 7 kg effortlessly working out 3 days a week and doing intermittent fasting ( fast most of the day and eat in evening ), 90% of my meals were cooked at home.
Everything was going well until I moved from my apartment, and my routine got messed up through the transition. During this time I realized that I am crashing after I eat. Literally, pass out on my bed napping after I eat. I got frustrated with my situation and I wanted to discover the root cause of my problem. I haven’t found it yet, but I found a lead.
I decided to share this because the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is very high in Saudi Arabia and increasing over the years that we might end up in the year 2022 with 6 million of us with diabetes.
This is a call to take our own health into our own hands and make small smart decisions that make effective improvements. Honestly because struggling with undesirable symptoms is not optimal nor enjoyable living.
When I moved my food shifted from being mostly healthy fat to carbs and sugar. I thought to myself it maybe a sugar problem so started to research about sugar. I tested my blood sugar and found its within normal levels according to my doctor. Then I decided to read about Insulin, and this is what I learned in simple terms.
1What is insulin?
Insulin is the key that opens the cells in order for it to receive the sugar that’s floating in our blood. Being Insulin resistant means our cells don’t react to insulin key as optimal as it should.
2Why you ask?
Our body needs only 100 mg/dl of sugar in the blood which is equivalent to 5 grams of sugar.If we consumed too much sugar. Our cell in its natural response will reject sugar trying to enter it, and this is what is called insulin resistance. This causes the sugar to still float in the blood stream.
and like a vicious cycle, our body produces more insulin into the blood in order for the cells to react; and we are left with excess sugar and excess insulin in our blood floating.
3What is type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the extreme level of insulin resistance; when our cells do not respond to the insulin anymore. Which causes your blood sugar to be so elevated in a fasted state.
4How can I check if I have Insulin resistance?
In my story, I pointed out that checking my blood sugar test wasn’t enough since the doctor confirmed that my sugar is in the normal range, This means that I am not diabetic (phew) however doesn’t mean I’m safe just yet.
The best test is to measure fasting blood insulin and it should be between 5-25 uUnits/ml. The source I found suggest that it should be under 10 uUnits/ml to be optimal.
5Is Sugar Regulation the Only Job for Insulin?
No, Insulin also triggers the cells to open up to receive other useful minerals like magnesium, when the cell is insulin resistant it is also deprived, leading to further complications with the functions of the cell.
Insulin also helps build muscle, helps store energy, has a role in the retention of sodium, mediates cell lipids ( cholesterol and triglycerides) & has a role in cell proliferation ( reproduction of cells).
6What Can Cause Insulin Resistance?!
Consumption of excess sugar, sugar can also come from complex carbohydrates.
7If our body doesn’t like too much sugar, So where should our energy come from?
Fat is preferred fuel for our bodies, it’s slower but more sustainable and produces more energy, we store fat as our emergency energy source; that indicates that fat is our body’s preferred energy source over sugar. It is suggested to have a diet with 60% fat 20% carbs and 20% protein. You can check my post on ketosis if you like to know more.
Saudi Statistics on Type 2 Diabetes :
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Saudi for ages above or equal to 25 is estimated to increase 39.5% by 2022. The number of people with type 2 diabetes in Saudi will increase substantially from around 555,000 in 1992 to approximately 6.6 million by 2022
With the assumption that the Saudi obesity trend in men is 35% and in women is 60% without an increase. Source
(1) Recent research on the behavioral effects of tryptophan and carbohydrate
(2)What is Insulin Resistance – Dr. Eric Breg
(3) Insulin Levels are the Key to Everything