Insulin production vs absorbtion

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Scott Sanda Posted: Thu, Dec 18 2014 1:03 PM

A question I cannot seem to find an answer for is this:


Type 2 is typically a reduction in the bodies ability to absorb blood sugar/insulin. Described as insulin receptor sites being "desensitized".

If a person is still producing insulin, why would increasing or taking insulin help reduce blood sugar, if the issue is with the insulin/blood sugar absorption in the first place?

Can someone help me out in understanding this?



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Tor replied on Thu, Jan 1 2015 5:42 AM


What you are describing is often called insulin resistance and it does not mean a complete loss of the insulin's ability to do the job, just that it requires a lot more insulin to achieve the same results as if the insulin resistance wasn't there. Hence the effectiveness of increasing insulin through injections.

However a far more efficient way to reduce insulin resistance so that injecting insulin becomes unnecessary, is to lose the excess body weight, particularly fat stored in the abdominal area, that is the primary cause of insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics. That weight loss can generally be achieved over time with a moderate activity plan and a healthy diet that either is low on carbs, or emphasizes the use of carbs with a low GI rating. As we know today, the primary cause of weight gain is NOT as many of us were brought up to believe, the consumption of fatty foods, but consumption of carbohydrates, particularly those high on the GI scale, like potatoes, rice and bread made from any kid of wheat.

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