By: Dr. Jin Sung – October, 2014
Now get this… guess what your body requires when it is forming these bad fats?
A LOT OF ENERGY!
When you get fatigued after meals or crave sugar or coffee—COULD THIS BE WHY?
So not only are you not getting glucose into the cells (which causes fatigue of the cells) you are also tired from this process of lipogenesis. A double-whammy energy-theft!
Wait…it gets even better…during lipogenesis a hormone called leptin stops working. What does leptin do? It tells your brain when you are full!!! Ever wonder why so many of us over-eat?!
Seriously, is your medical doctor telling you this stuff as he’s writing your prescription?
1. High levels of insulin create inflammation throughout the body. That’s right.
On a blood test, inflammatory markers such as C-Reactive Protein, homocysteine and fibrinogen are going to be high (that’s if your doctor is even checking these…).
So you wonder why your spine, knees, hips, shoulders etc. are achy all the time? You can take all the meds you want or get PT or adjusted by your chiropractor but until you remove inflammation from high insulin, relief will be temporary.
2. High insulin is bad, bad, bad for your brain. Among other things, it causes the pituitary gland (in your brain) to excite your adrenal glands too much. Your adrenal glands are your stress glands–they release a very important hormone called cortisol. What does cortisol do? You’re not going to believe this…it INCREASES BLOOD GLUCOSE! Yep. Which then causes higher levels of insulin, which causes more insulin resistance, which causes higher levels of cortisol, which increases blood glucose, which causes higher levels of insulin, which causes…well you get the picture, right?
Here’s where it gets complicated, but trust me when I tell you: you do NOT want high levels of cortisol. Why? Well, beyond what I just told you, it suppresses your thyroid function (just when you thought you couldn’t get any more fatigued). This leads to weight gain, suppresses your immune system, makes you more susceptible to colds/flu, gut infections…and a lot of other bad stuff.
So, let’s talk about what’s causing all this high blood glucose. Wouldn’t that be nice to know so we could remove the cause, instead of just dealing with the consequences?
1. Poor Diet Duh! We all know this one–but do we really? Are you sure? I have Five Specific Rules which, if every patient follows, will dramatically reduce their blood sugar levels. I will share these with you when we talk.
2. Over-Stimulation Of The Adrenal Glands Remember these guys? They secrete the dreaded cortisol which increases blood glucose. What stimulates these glands?
– Stress: Emotional, Chemical, Physical. Things like:
– Poor Diet: Hmmm…there it is again. What are those Five Specific Rules?
– Alcohol, Nicotine, Caffeine: Need I say more?
– Food Sensitivities: This is when your immune system mistakenly attacks foods that you eat. The most common culprits are Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Yeast, and Egg. In fact– if you have a food sensitivity and continue to consume that food, YOU WILL NEVER EVER, EVER get your blood glucose under control. Period.
– Hidden Gut Infections. If you have a chronic bacterial, parasitic, yeast/fungal or viral infection, this will stress your adrenal glands so hard that you will NEVER get cortisol/glucose/insulin under control. Ever.
– Anemia. Your cells aren’t getting enough oxygen. We gotta fix that.
– Heavy metal toxicity. I don’t mean music. Lead, Mercury, Iron, Copper.
– Too Much Exercise. WHAT?!…but I thought I was supposed to exercise? How much is too much? The answer is very simple and I have it!
The list could go on and on, but those are the common ones.
3. Improperly-functioning thyroid gland
4. Poorly-functioning liver
5. Reduced gut function
Does your doctor check all this?
How will you know if you have these problems? PROPER TESTING!!! Have you been told your lab work is ‘normal’ and ‘you’re OK’? I don’t go by lab ranges because they are too wide, and they’re determined by the average patient that came to that lab in the last year. Let me ask you–what types of people generally go to labs: sick or well? Hmmm…so I go by tighter functional ranges that catch illness before they are out of control. For example, the functional range for fasting blood glucose is 85-100.
I will leave no stone unturned to get to the root cause of your insulin resistance.
I order a complete (and I mean complete) blood-chemistry test and determine problems based on functional ranges. I’ll test your adrenal glands: I’ll thoroughly test your gut for infections and food sensitivities. First and foremost, I’ll remove the causes. I will take you by the hand (only if you allow me!) and teach you what you need to do. Then, to change your metabolism back to normal (or as close as possible) I will provide specific scientifically-proven and state-of-the-art nutrients for a period of time (based on your lab findings, not guesswork!) until we achieve the necessary corrective metabolic shifts.
When it comes to your health, you have a choice. To follow an insurance-driven medical system and take no responsibility for your health except taking your drugs…OR…you can choose to learn the underlying reasons for your health issues and be accountable and responsible to do everything you can do to take care of yourself.
It is my goal and mission in life to teach and empower as many people as I can how to take care of our beautifully-designed and amazingly resilient bodies.
Dr. Jin Sung is a chiropractor and the owner of Functional Chiropractic, Inc. He manages chronic patients both neurologically and metabolically to achieve the best outcome. He can be reached at 978 688-6999. Or visit his website at www.DrJinSung.com