Monday, May 25, 2009

Diabetes And High Blood Pressure - Is Insulin Resistance The Culprit?

You`re welcoming trouble if you ignore the fact that diabetes and high blood pressure are more often the results of a bad diet. Those with type 2 diabetes are around 75%, and 50% of those will eventually develop high blood pressure, and the repercussions are serious.

A Cluster of Symptoms

Before diabetes and high blood pressure emerge, other symptoms that may transpire are elevated triglycerides, weight gain, decreased HDL cholesterol, and insulin resistance. If you bear all these symptoms at once, you are most likely to be suffering from Metabolic Syndrome X, the name being so because the organs and cells concerned, undergo a metabolic process disorder. These symptoms are all linked to a common cause; eating too much high glycemic foods habitually.

They comprise of sugar, white bread and rolls, chips, white rice, broad beans, baked potatoes, many several breakfast cereals. There is no end to the list.

The Symptoms of Insulin Resistance

Even if we eat high glycemic food, the remarkable pancreas can function quite efficiently. It`s an amazing organ. The insulin hormone released from it`s beta cells, will stimulate "gateways" (cell receptors), to receive glucose (sugar). It all functions perfectly. Insulin will also stimulate your liver and muscle cells to store any excess glucose as glycogen when too much is produced, and that reserve will be used when the glucose levels dip, maintaining a regular level of 70-110 mg per dl.

However,f you habitually eat a diet of glycemic foods, that`s when problems will begin to surface. Glucose levels will be too high in the blood too often, and your beta cells will continue to supply extra insulin to off-set the load. The results are damaging to those liver, muscle, and fat cell receptors. When that occurs, then the beta cells will work ever so harder, to produce more insulin, trying to force insulin into the cells. More cell receptors are destroyed, and the cycle of destruction repeats.

Your cells at this phase become insulin resistant, with Diabetes and high blood pressure looming as a real threat, along with the other metabolic syndrome X symptoms.

After the cell receptors become insulin resistant, it has an affect on the metabolic processes within those cells. Take the fat cells for example. When their receptors become insulin resistant, triglycerides break down and are released into the blood stream, raising the level of fat. What about the muscle cells? When they become insulin resistant, their contribution of taking up glucose is greatly reduced which elevates the amount in the blood further. And what is the effect of liver cells when they become insulin resistant? Only some of the excess glucose will be able to enter the cells to be stored as glycogen, adding even more to the saturation of glucose in the blood. Now your condition is diabetic. Blood pressure begins to rise due to the defective insulin metabolism, and if you do not already suffer from the following health problems, you are at high risk of developing them.

Hardened arteries
Damaged artery walls
Narrowed blood vessels
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Weight gain
Switched off fat burning mechanism
Kidney damage

Your pancreas, that was so efficient is now weakened by the over-production of insulin. It`s beta cells are rapidly burning out, and before long you will need to rely on insulin injections in addition to all the other problems you now have to cope with. But I hope all this hasn’t happened to you as yet. Don’t self-harm. Change your diet and save yourself from this living nightmare.

By: Jamesina Goulbourne

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