Insulin

#Hormones101

#1 – Insulin
Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells of pancreas. Insulin allows cells to take in blood sugar for energy or storage, depending on what is needed at the time.

Insulin is also the main fat storage hormone in the body. It tells fat cells to store fat, and prevents stored fat from being broken down. When cells are insulin resistant (very common), both blood sugar and insulin levels go up significantly.

Chroniwhatsappy elevated insulin levels (termed hyperinsulinemia) can lead to many health problems, including obesity and metabolic syndrome. Overeating — especially sugar, refined carbohydrates, and fast food — drives insulin resistance and increases insulin levels.

Here are some tips to normalise insulin levels and improve insulin sensitivity :

#1 Avoid or minimise sugar

#2 Reduce simple carbohydrates like refined flour, sugar, packaged drinks, packaged fruit juices, carbonated drinks and beverages

#3 Exercise regularly – Exercising increases the glucose uptake in the cells thereby reducing blood glucose level

Have you ever seen yourself eating without limit?
Have you been eating, even when you are not hungry?
Do you know which hormone is responsible for this?

Watch our next episode in this series, #Hormones101 to know about these.
Stay fit, Stay healthy, Stay happy !

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