insulin

Diabetes 101: Obesity and Its Relation to Insulin Resistance (Part 3 of 4)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008 by: E.L. West
Tags: diabetes, health news, Natural News

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces

Delicious
(NaturalNews) In the previous article, the causes of insulin resistance were examined. This part will deal with how obesity and insulin resistance are connected, if they are. One very obvious sign that someone might use to determine if they are insulin resistant, outside of the previously mentioned blood tests in part 1, is simply looking in the mirror and examining the size and protrusion of their midsection. The more obese the midsection has become, the greater the degree of insulin resistance.

Jack Challam of naturalnews.com quoted Dr. Fred Pescatore as saying, "You can diagnose the telltale sign - a pot belly - all by yourself, standing in front of a mirror. The bigger your belly, the worse off you are." Coupled with lack of exercise, poor dietary habits and unfavorable genes, another issue that further complicates the insulin resistance condition is excessive weight.

Dr. Robert Powers stated, "...clinical obesity is associated with about 65-70% of those individuals being insulin resistant. First off, not all of them! But 65-70%." With such a large percentage of patients being obese and insulin resistant, one would be tempted to think that insulin resistance in some way plays a causatory role in the development of obesity; however, the opposite is true. Obesity instead worsens an already bad situation, making matters more problematic for an obese individual who is heavily insulin resistant than for a lean individual who is slightly insulin resistant -- a somewhat insulin resistant patient becomes more insulin resistant with weight gain and other factors, often times resulting in type II diabetes. Dr. Powers continued, stating "...you can have it both ways. Insulin resistance in and of itself is abnormal, but lean and obese individuals can have it... insulin resistance will affect obese individuals by negatively affecting other cellular functions..."

Additionally, Barbara Kahn et al wrote, "Large epidemiologic studies reveal that the risk for diabetes, and presumably insulin resistance, rises as body fat content (measured by body mass index [BMI]) increases from the very lean to the very obese, implying that the 'dose' of body fat has an effect on insulin sensitivity across a broad range." And lastly, Dr. Rao Goutham of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center echoed a similar stance when he wrote, "Obesity is a component of the syndrome [insulin resistance], but it promotes insulin resistance rather than resulting from it." In summary, insulin resistance becomes very complex when combined with obesity, the problem growing worse and worse as the scale goes up and the waist line expands. However, insulin resistance is not the direct result of obesity, but overweight and obese persons exacerbate their condition solely by carrying the excess weight.

Sources:

1. Brooker, Rob, Eric Widmaier, Linda Grahm, Peter Stiling. Biology. New York: McGraw-
Hill, 2008. 1061-73.

2. Challem, Jack. (http://www.naturalnews.com/022638.html)

3. Glaser, Benjamin. Pub Med. (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerend...)

4. Goutham, Rao. "Insulin Resistance Syndrome." American Family Physician. 63.6 (2001).
19 Mar. 2008.

5. Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes. (http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/insuli...)

6. Kahn, Barbara B., Flier, Jeffrey S. (http://www.jci.org/106/4/473?content_type=fu...)

7. Kitabchi, Abbas E., et al. (http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/con...)

8. Number (in Millions) of Persons with Diagnosed Diabetes, United States, 1980-2005. (http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/prev/...) .

9. Pessin, Jeffery E.; Saltiel, Alan R. (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerend...)

10.Powers, Robert W. Telephone interview. 28 Feb. 2008.

11. Rosedale, Ron. Lecture. Health Institutes Boulder Fest Seminar. Aug. 1999

12. Shulman, Gerald I. (www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi...)

13. Wardlaw, Gordon, Anne M. Smith. Customized Contemporary Nutrition. Updated 6th ed.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. 126-30.

14. Wilcox, Gilesa. "Insulin and Insulin Resistance." PubMed. 26.2 (2005). 19 Mar. 2008.
(http://articlrender.fcgi.htm)

About the author

Emily West is a freelance writer that focuses on topics of natural health and sustainable food production systems. She also maintains a blog, The Wordsmith, at www.journeyoutofrabbithole.wordpress.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.