Since the prime goal of my blog is to spread the mantra of Healthy Living, I am starting up with a series of articles completely devoted to the “Understanding of the Chemical Messengers of our body – our Hormones”. I believe it is extremely crucial to understand these tiny molecules of our body, not only to maintain a healthy weight but also to live your live to its utmost best. Hormones not only regulate our metabolism and other physiological processes, but also effects our psychological state, the way we feel and respond to various life situations.
This first article is based on understanding INSULIN, one of the most important hormones effecting our metabolism. It plays a severe role in our understanding of weight loss issues especially fat storage and burning. Insulin is a peptide hormone and is produced by the beta cells of our pancreas. It’s main job is to mobilise glucose present in our blood and helps our body cells to use that glucose for various cellular functions. It also causes our fat cells to absorb glucose from the blood. When no insulin is produced in the body of a person, he is said to suffer from Diabetes Type 1 and when the body shows resistance to the insulin produced, it is termed as Diabetes Type 2.
I want to focus on Diabetes Type 2 as it is intricately related to the modern day epidemic of Obesity. It has not only effected the adult population worldwide but even children are diagnosed with this disorder every now and then. One really important note: Diabetes is not a disease, it’s a disorder. A disease may get completely cured but a disorder can only be kept under control. Hence, it becomes extremely crucial to know the ways to keep a check and get control over this disorder.
Let us understand this in the simplest way possible. The food that we eat gets converted to glucose after digestion, which is released into our bloodstream. In response to this, our pancreas releases Insulin to help our body cells use that glucose; thereby lowering it’s concentration from our blood. Some of this glucose is converted into glycogen by our liver, which is stored in the muscles for future use. The leftover glucose is converted into fatty acids and is stored in the fat cells of our body.
So, when and how does your body start resisting this helpful hormone?
Whenever we make poor food choices such as a lot of refined white and other “easily digestible” unhealthy carbs, processed food and take sugary junk (especially super sugary aerated drinks) often; we release too much glucose into our bloodstream. As a response to this, the pancreas releases a lot of Insulin to clear off all that glucose. Over a course of time, as we keep building up such poor food choices (and this process takes place every now and then to maintain our blood sugar) and continue torturing our pancreas, our body cells starts ignoring this insulin secreted. Thus,the glucose in our blood has now no function to perform but simply hang around in our bloodstream. And the high blood glucose condition then diagnosed is termed as Insulin resistance or Diabetes Type 2 😦
It is now very clear that it is non-negotiable but to maintain lower levels of insulin in our body. And the only way to make that possible is to make sure that we do not trigger it’s secretion by making unhealthy food choices. So, the lessons we need to take home are:
- Always make healthy food choices; Say a big NO to refined carbs, sugary junks and highly processed food.
- Eat a balanced meal in the right amount and the right time; helps our body reset it’s internal mechanism and get healthier day by day.
- Be physically active and exercise regularly to tap out the energy from the stored fat cells.
Remember, insulin management plays an extremely crucial role in weight management. So, let’s start respecting our fabulously designed physiology and stop torturing our bodies.
Eat smart, stay active and say Goodbye to Diabetes 🙂