Welcome to the latest issue of Health for Life Ezine.
Let's briefly look at the effect carbohydrates can have on your weight-gain and a few key factors that you could certainly modify to help you control this issue.
Excess insulin continually released by your pancreas results in a consistently high level of insulin circulating in your blood stream. It is normal for insulin levels to rise and fall in response to the carbohydrates that you consume throughout the day but it is not normal for your insulin levels to remain high.
If your blood insulin levels are consistently elevated then this can lead to a condition called Insulin Resistance Syndrome which I have discussed in previous issues of Health For Life Ezine.
Insulin resistance can lead to a number of serious health issues such as easy weight gain with associated abdominal obesity, Coronary Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.
You do not have to be diabeteic to become insulin resistant but controlling certain lifestyle factors can stop insulin resistance in its tracks and therefore prevent you from progressing to type 2 diabetes.
Intense and frequent carbohydrate cravings along with increased ease of weight gain can be the first obvious signs that your body is reacting to consistently high insulin levels.
If you could gain control over your insulin level then you would be able to reverse the signs and symptoms of insulin resistance and protect your health from deteriorating to the point where your only options are pharmaceutical drugs or surgical procedures to help you cope with advancing disease processes.
If you are genetically susceptible to producing high levels of insulin as a result of ingesting too many carbohydrate rich foods then there are some specific factors that you can address in your life to reduce and remove the risk that your genetic predisposition brings.
Now, you may be asking yourself, how do I know if I'm genetically predisposed to becoming insulin resistant?
Well, I'll need to address that in a separate issue of Health For life Ezine, but for now, If you experience cravings for sweet and starchy foods, gain weight easily and lose weight with difficulty then it's pretty safe to assume you have some degree of genetic predisposition.
If you take your own genetic susceptibility with the carbohydrate-insulin issue and mix it with certain key factors then you will likely become insulin resistant which will in-turn lead to either one or a combination of easy weight gain, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
So, what are these key factors?
1. A diet consistently high in starch and sugar
2. Artifical sweeteners, some food additives and certain medications
3. Negative stress in your life
4. Lack of regular physical activity
5. Hormonal changes brought about by pregnancy, menopause, poor diet, environmental toxicity, and hormone altering drugs and medications.
Key factors 1 through 4 are entirely within your ability to alter and change for the better. key factor 5 can be impacted by you to an extent.
That's all good news If you are a person who is experiencing weight-gain or the presence of heart disease risk factors as a result of an over reliance of carbohydrates - carbohydrate addiction in your diet.
Have a think about the role that these five key factors play in your life and start addressing the factors in your life today that you can change.
Next time I'll look at some ways you can modify a diet that is high in starch and sugar to help move you towards a more balanced way of eating.
All the best in vibrant health!
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Andrew Large has spent in excess of twenty years in the health care industry mostly as part of a Cardiology based diagnostic team. Andrew runs his own website at
http://www.coronary-heart-health.com where you can learn more about heart disease, heart health, weight control and nutrition.
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