Category Archives for Insulin

Fasting Insulin

A blood test for fasting insulin can be one of the most important that you get. It’s important because it shows the degree of insulin resistance: the higher the number, the more insulin resistant.

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Vegetable Oils Cause Insulin Resistance

In some recent articles, we’ve seen that vegetable oils cause obesity, heart disease, promote male infertility and aging, and are just generally bad news. In this article we’ll look at the

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Insulin Sensitivity Is Critical for Health

Insulin is the hormone that promotes uptake of nutrients into cells; it rises after eating, especially with consumption of carbohydrates and protein, and the amount of insulin required for this task varies

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Insulin Resistance Is a Major Risk for Cancer

Insulin resistance, the condition in which a person becomes insensitive to the effects of insulin and has to produce more insulin to overcome that insensitivity, ultimately leads to diabetes if it goes

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Cold Exposure Increases Insulin Sensitivity

Type 2 diabetes, which is reaching epidemic proportions, is characterized by increased insulin resistance. The hormone insulin doesn’t work as well as normally, and so the beta cells in the pancreas

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Higher Blood Sugar and Insulin Raise the Odds of Dying

Insulin resistance and heart disease We know that there are good reasons to believe that insulin resistance may be one of the main causes of heart disease, and possibly the most important cause. Heart

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Is Insulin Resistance the Main Cause of Heart Disease?

A recent study found that evacetrapib, a drug in trials by Eli Lilly, and which raises HDL cholesterol and lowers LDL cholesterol, did not reduce the incidence of heart attacks or any other cardiovascular

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The Sweet Spot for Intermittent Fasting

Lower insulin means greater fat loss Intermittent fasting — the practice of going without food for some (undefined) period of time — has many health benefits. It can help prevent heart disease,

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Mimics Fasting for Anti-Aging

Fasting and calorie restriction fight aging Perhaps the most well-known and efficient anti-aging intervention in lab animals is calorie restriction, in which restricting food by 30% or more causes an

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The Couch Potato Lifestyle Can Kill You

Insulin resistance is bad news Insulin resistance is a hallmark of obesity and diabetes, and occurs when cells need larger amounts of insulin than normal to take up glucose. It is also a hallmark of the

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Obesity and insulin resistance cause aging, not the other way around

How much is aging really inevitable? A number of physiological processes change with aging, notably autophagy, inflammation, and oxidative stress. While we can do many things to ameliorate them and thus

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Are carbohydrates needed to build muscle?

Lots of bodybuilders, most of them I would say, emphasize the need for a substantial amount of dietary carbohydrates to build muscle. The argument takes one or both of two forms; 1) that you need carbs

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Extremely short duration high intensity interval training substantially improves insulin action in young healthy males

Extremely short duration high intensity interval training substantially improves insulin action in young healthy males Background Traditional high volume aerobic exercise training reduces cardiovascular

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Insulin Resistance as a Predictor of Age-Related Diseases

Insulin Resistance as a Predictor of Age-Related Diseases Francesco S. Facchini, Nancy Hua, Fahim Abbasi and Gerald M. Reaven– Author Affiliations Departments of Medicine (F.S.F., N.H., F.A., G.M.R.),

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Evolution and diseases of afluence

Lifestyle and nutritional imbalances associated with Western diseases: causes and consequences of chronic systemic low-grade inflammation in an evolutionary context In this review, we focus on lifestyle

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The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance

Just read this book the other day, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, by Jeff Volek and Stephen Finney. Volek is a prominent dietary researcher, as well as an athlete, and Phinney is

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The carnivore connection

The carnivore connection hypothesis: revisited. Abstract The “Carnivore Connection” hypothesizes that, during human evolution, a scarcity of dietary carbohydrate in diets with low plant : animal

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Low circulating IGF-I bioactivity and longevity

Low circulating IGF-I bioactivity is associated with human longevity: Findings in centenarians’ offspring Abstract Centenarians’ offspring represent a suitable model to study age-dependent

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