Insulin and Inflammation

Why you should know what your fasting insulin level is.

 

Getting your fasting insulin levels tested is considered one of the most important blood tests according to Dr. Richard Mauer, author of The Blood Code. 

Insulin is a key hormone that is often ignored by many doctors. This vital hormone is released by the pancreas in response to the foods that you’re eating, specifically carbohydrates and proteins. If you are continuously eating throughout the day, then insulin will be continuously secreted by the pancreas.

Insulin has the important role of taking glucose out of the bloodstream and storing it to build fat and/or muscle. According to Dr. Jason Fung, excess insulin will make you fat. When Insulin levels are high, it signals the body to increase fat storage. If you do strenuous exercise, then the insulin may be used to build and repair muscle tissue.

High insulin levels have detrimental effects on the body.  It’s linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity, breast cancer, colon cancer, melanoma, inflammation, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, gout and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Getting your fasting blood glucose test can help determine if your insulin hormone is working optimally. If your insulin level is between 3-8, then you’re doing fairly well. Having an elevated fasting insulin level above 8 may signify that you’re insulin resistant and are susceptible to long term side effects of high insulin as mentioned above.

I recently did a video on this which you can watch here. Click this link video.

For more information and to schedule your next appointment, call our office at 503-722-7776.

Dr. Joanne Gordon

 

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