Aside from the well-established therapeutic benefits of fasting (see Why I Fast), there is probably not a more important consideration for your overall “healthspan” than insulin resistance and the problems it can create as you age.
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Sir Winston Churchill
Noakes: It’s time to change, to take charge of our health
The Most Important Test Your Doctor Isn’t Doing: A Hyperinsulinemia Test (aka Hyperinsulinemia Workup)
Hyperinsulinemia is a condition in which there are excess levels of insulin circulating in the blood relative to the level of glucose. While it is often mistaken for diabetes or hyperglycaemia, hyperinsulinemia can result from a variety of metabolic diseases and conditions.
Persistent hyperinsulinaemia in insulin resistance, whether or not associated with Type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), produces a collection of grave secondary consequences, listed below:
- Weight gain
- Increased fat in the abdominal organs (visceral adiposity)
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal blood fat, glucose and insulin concentrations (atherogenic dyslipidaemia)
- Elevated blood uric acid concentrations (gout)
- Impaired ability of arteries to dilate (endothelial dysfunction)
- Whole body inflammation
- Dysfunction of the mitochondria (cellular organs that produce energy)
- Progressive increases in insulin resistance (insulin-induced insulin resistance)
- Impaired exercise performance
Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinaemia are the necessary biological precursors definitely for four–and perhaps for all six–of the most prevalent chronic medical conditions of our time.
These conditions are:
- Arterial disease – local: Heart attack or stroke, disseminated: Type-2 diabetes mellitus
- High blood pressure
- Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
- Dementia (Alzheimers’ disease, also known at Type 3 diabetes)
I will be back to write/quote/link much more on this later, but for now here are some videos I edited to go along with the content. I urge you to watch or listen to these!
Insulin Resistance is from High Carbohydrate Diets
Insulin Resistance Causes Metabolic Syndrome Leading to Many Common Conditions and Diseases
Insulin Resistance and NAFLD
Diabetes and High Carbohydrate Diets
Insulin Resistance and Cancer? (it’s coming…)
Fat: Storing(insulin) vs. Burning/Wasting(ketones)