Most cases of reactive hypoglycemia (1) are labeled idiopathic, which means “unknown cause”. I believe insulin resistance causes most cases of idiopathic reactive hypoglycemia, and that insulin resistance is caused, in turn, by diet and heredity. Insulin resistance can be an early warning sign of Type II diabetes and studies have shown that Type II diabetics may have been insulin resistant for up to 12 years before diagnosis.
Insulin resistance is a condition in which some tissues (like muscles) in your body do not respond to insulin as they should – they are resistant to insulin. This results in an increase in the levels of insulin in your blood, which is responsible for most of the problems associated with insulin resistance (e.g. high blood pressure, cholesterol problems).
A fasting blood glucose level higher than 100-125 mg/dL is not indicative of diabetes, but it can be indicative of insulin resistance and is above normal levels. Optimum serum glucose range is 80-95. Fasting serum insulin levels should be below 10. The lower the number the better you are. Controlling your insulin levels is a powerful anti-aging strategy.
Larger meals induce a larger insulin response in the body simply because more nutrients need to be stored. Since it is necessary to keep insulin production as low as possible, replacing the large meals with smaller options is the first step that needs to be taken.
Insulin resistance also known as syndrome X, metabolic syndrome and metabolic syndrome X is commonly overlooked by health care professionals. With the proven model of eat less and exercise more it is easy for health care professionals to overlook the possibility that your weight problem may be related to insulin resistance.
Insulin is the hormone “key” that unlocks your body’s tissues, enabling them to utilize as fuel the glucose or sugar that is in your blood from digestion of the foods you eat. This ability to remove sugar from the blood and convert it to fuel is vital to a healthy body. Your muscles need sugar to function, and so does your brain. When you are insulin resistant, your body’s tissues “resist” the insulin’s attempt to metabolize the sugar into a usable fuel.
In many cases this condition can exist undetected for years often prediabetics are resistant to insulin for over a decade before the problem becomes severe. When your diet is full of empty calories and quickly absorbed sugars and carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, your cells slowly become resistant to the effects of insulin and more and more is needed to carry out the same job of keeping your blood sugar even.
Recommendations like these seem to be a bit too vague for my liking. In this era of precise measurements and percentages, it could be expected that someone would be able to prescribe a daily or weekly portion of the particular food group required to decrease the risk of having a condition by a precise percentage. But this is just not possible. Confounding factors such as genetics need to be taken into account; if you have a family history of an illness you may have a genetic predisposition to having the condition yourself, no matter what you do.
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