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Industrial Carbs

If chronically elevated insulin levels have an almost one to one correlation to excess body fat, how do we account for thin diabetics? You can look at someone and know the state of their pancreatic activity by the size of their gut. Insulin is a storage hormone -- the storage hormone -- and the more you make of it, the more you are storing. That’s why it’s an imbalance. So how can there be thin prediabetics. The answer is  that despite the imbalance, they’ve found some sort of homeostasis in cells that are disproportionately insensitive to insulin.  Understand, without any insulin at all, diabetics would starve to death no matter how much they ate.

Consider the mechanism that allows starving people to digest all their muscle tissue, until they get to the heart, at which point the heart is catabolized, and they die -- all the while retaining body fat. They can starve to death and still be obese. Emaciated and fat, at the same time. Clearly the adipose tissue is morbidly, fatally dysfunctional. It has to do with pathologically raised insulin, that stands guard, as it were, outside a fat cell and forces free fatty acids back into the cell rather than allow them into the bloodstream.

The problem boils down to carbs. Not a great word, at all, carbs. Food is carbs. Carbohydrates are the ultimate source of all nutrients. Yeah yeah, sun and soil, but no, plants, and thence to animals. Common usage has determined that carbs refers to refined carbs, sugars and starches. And these are, indeed, the problem. A potato isn’t the problem. But potato chips and pasta and flour and white rice and grain flakes disguised as breakfast and coated with sucrose and fructose and syrup -- well, it’s a bit much. All of it comes from the factory. That’s the problem. Glucose shouldn’t be industrial strength.

Low cholesterol is  more a function of carb metabolism than of fat intake. Same with triglycerides. There are tests that directly measure insulin levels. A HOMA test.  An hsCRP test, for inflammation. An HbA1c test.  But it's easy to know.  Eyeball it. Visible body fat is a profound indicator of raised insulin.  Lower the industrial carbs and you liberate the trapped fat, that escapes into the bloostream, to be used by muscles.  See?  Carbs, bad carbs, industrial carbs are, well, they're not excellent.

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