Hyperinsulinemia is not another word for type 2 diabetes or even for borderline diabetes. It literally means there is too much insulin in your blood.
If you have high blood sugar, that is called hyperglycemia. Too little sugar is hypoglycemia. Both can be found in a diabetic.
Your pancreas, or more precisely the beta cells inside it, make the two hormones that keep glucose at a safe and steady level in your blood. Hormones make them part of your endocrine system.
Endocrine glands release the hormones that affect every organ and cell, and they always come in pairs so they can balance, or turn on and off effects like your bone growth, mood and digestion.
An endocrinologist is the kind of doctor who specializes in endocrine systems. That's why type 2 diabetic doctors are endocrinologists.
They study the disease and its symptoms, and they have learned how to treat those symptoms. They can identify hyperinsulinemia, and they know what it does.
Elevated insulin in the blood causes an increased inflammatory effect in every organ of the body.
That doesn't sound terrible until you look at problems caused by inflammation. Here are just a few: Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
In hyperinsulinemia your pancreas is putting out larger amounts of insulin than your cells can use. The excess insulin builds up in your blood.
Sometimes this is because of insulin resistance in the cells. Doctors know insulin resistance is connected to the metabolic syndrome.
For diabetics this compounds the problems caused by high blood sugar. Elevated sugar in your blood damages blood vessels and spreads candidal infections through your bloodstream.
Hyperglycemic symptoms are not as obvious as those for hypoglycemia, which is why it is possible to have extremely high blood sugar for years and not know it.
In the same way, you can have hyperinsulinemia and not know for a long time. Some of the symptoms of hyperinsulinemia are sugar cravings, intense hunger, weight gain and weakness. There are also problems with grouchiness, anxiety, and poor concentration.
Type 2 diabetes and the insulin resistance in prediabetes can lead to too much insulin in the blood, but there are other things that might cause it.
One is a tumor called an insulinoma that makes the beta cells produce insulin when there is no need for it. There is also a disease called nesidioblastosis in which there are far too many beta cells in the pancreas pumping out insulin.
Once these other causes of high insulin in the blood are ruled out, treatment can begin.
If the imbalance in your endocrine system is caused by insulin resistance, you are prediabetic unless your blood sugar count is high enough to consider you diabetic.
Any endocrine imbalance is hard to treat medically. What hormones do naturally is almost impossible to mimic.
If you add insulin to bring down your blood sugar, you increase the chance of hypoglycemia, too little sugar in your blood.
That's why you use a blood glucose monitor every few hours while you're on insulin, and it explains why there's such a rush to make a continuous glucose monitor that is reliable.
Oral medications that try to mimic the actions of endocrine systems like the pancreas and heart always have undesirable side effects.
You and your doctor have to weigh the risks and benefits carefully each time you are offered a new medication.
If your endocrine system is not using glucose properly because of insulin resistance there is actually something you can do about it.
You can reduce insulin resistance by treating the metabolic syndrome. This has been proven to work.
Treating insulin resistance will lower the amount of insulin in your blood and help your pancreas be more responsive. You'll be treating the root problem directly instead of trying to treat the symptoms.
Remember, the metabolic syndrome is a combination of conditions:
This syndrome is the consequence of lack of exercise, leading to low muscles and high fat. It is also caused by a diet full of over-processed and fast food with too much sugar and man-made fats.
If that sounds too simple, the proof is in what happens when those two things are changed.
People who exercise, raise their muscle mass, and start eating things that are good for them actually find lower blood pressure, better cholesterol levels, and reversed hyperinsulinemia. It happens all the time.
The other option is to let doctors treat the symptoms with oral medications and insulin to help control the amount of insulin in your blood.
It means a lifetime committment to this treatment because it does not offer a cure.
While researchers look for ways to artificially regulate insulin and blood sugar levels in your blood, you can be working on your own cure by helping your pancreas return to its normal functions.
A 50% success rate is what doctors have measured with exercise and diet changes. That is beyond what any medication regimen offers you.
If you watch The Biggest Loser you'll see that they have a 100% success rate in getting their type 2 diabetic contestants off of medications. It makes an effective diet and exercise more than just an option.
It's a doorway out of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, and any other disorder that is caused by years of stress on your pancreas and your cardiovascular system.
This website shows you things you can do, foods to eat and foods to avoid, and advice about exercise.
You might recover a healthy pancreas if you will do what has been proven to work. You can at the very least reduce your complications. It's worth doing, and it will only cost you one thing. You have to truly change.
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