The Best Way to Lose Weight is to Balance The Sugar
Some people go to bed with a
relatively normal glucose reading, only to wake up with a much higher value. Wonder
why glucose numbers swing during sleep or pre-dawn hours.
The Somogyi effect is a pattern of undetected hypoglycemia (low blood glucose
values of less than 70) followed by hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels of
more than 200).
Typically, this happens in the middle of the night, but can
also occur when too much insulin is circulating in the system. During periods
of hypoglycemia, the body releases hormones which cause a chain reaction to
release stored glucose. The end result is that the glucose level can swing too
high in the other direction, causing hyperglycemia.
The Test for this is to get about
a 3-day continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) exam.
The very best way is to prevent the
low from happening in the first place. And that takes a little detective work
to figure out what made the glucose plummet. You might try any of the
following, with your physician or healthcare provider’s blessing:
- Have a snack with protein before bedtime, like a piece
of toast with peanut butter, or some cottage cheese, or yogurt, or some
nuts and small piece of cheese.
- Go to bed with a glucose level slightly higher than
Named after the time of day it
occurs. The dawn phenomenon is the body’s
response to hormones released in the early morning hours. This occurs for
When we sleep, hormones are released to help maintain and restore cells
within our bodies, thats why an 8 hour sleep is required. These counter regulatory hormones (growth hormone, cortisol
and catecholamine’s) cause the glucose level to rise.
For people with diabetes
who do not have enough circulating insulin to keep this increase of glucose
under control, the end result is a high glucose reading in the morning. For pregnant women, the dawn phenomenon is even more
exaggerated due to additional hormones released in the night.
Several options are worth
- Talk with your doctor about a possible medication
adjustment to control the higher fasting readings.
- Limit bedtime carbohydrates
and try more of a protein/fat type of snack (nuts, cheese,
- Eat breakfast to limit the dawn phenomenon’s effect. By
eating, your body will signal the counter regulatory hormones to turn off.
- This concept can be a little perplexing, as people often say, “But if I
don’t eat, shouldn’t my sugar go down?” But the opposite is true. By not
eating, or skipping meals, it is fairly common to see higher glucose
values as a result.
One of the primary causes of obesity
is the excess production of the hormone insulin.
Many specialists have
stated that it is excess insulin that makes you fat and keeps you fat
Insulin creates fat in the body by taking excess sugar and placing it into fat
cells. In order to control your weight, you must control your insulin levels.
Many researchers have found that the
majority of people with weight problems produce too much insulin. For most
overweight people, insulin is the enemy. The bottom line for most people is
that to get rid of fat they have to reduce their insulin levels. If they want
to reduce insulin, they have to take away sugar.
Sugar (i.e., refined, starchy
carbohydrates) stimulates insulin production. And as we’ve learned from many
diet books, reducing carbohydrates is a must. Low-carb diets are initially
effective for overweight people because carbohydrates cause the overproduction
of insulin and by cutting out carbs, this overproduction of insulin stops.
However, the key thing to understand
is why the body produces too much insulin in the first place.
It is due to a
hormonal imbalance, which once corrected, will stop the overproduction of
insulin in the body.
However, our approach goes further in that it addresses the
underlying reason as to why the body is producing too much insulin. Eating
fewer carbohydrates helps reduce insulin spikes, but correcting the reason why
you produce too much insulin will allow you to address your weight issues once
and for all.
Carbohydrates, a key element of the
human diet, are abundant in fruits, grains, breads, pastas, cereals, rice, and
potatoes. Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy. Carbohydrates
are broken down during digestion into a sugar known as glucose. Glucose, the
simplest sugar, is the only one that the body can use for energy; every one of
the body’s cells needs glucose in order to function. The amount of glucose in
your blood is also called your blood glucose level. A normal glucose level in
the blood is 80 to 100 mg/dl.
here’s where insulin comes into play.
Insulin is a powerful hormone that regulates the glucose levels in the blood.
When you have more glucose in your body than your cells need, insulin takes the
extra and stores it as fat in the body, allowing your blood glucose levels to
return to normal.
Thus, insulin regulates blood
glucose levels. But when those insulin levels are too high, it begins storing
fat in the body. High insulin levels mean you’ll have more body fat, while low
insulin levels mean you’ll have less body fat. Carbohydrates are the foods that
cause these insulin spikes that result in excess fat in the body. When you
always have unusually high levels of blood glucose in the body, you have a
condition known as diabetes, which is potentially very damaging to the body.
not only regulates blood sugar levels, it also triggers a biological switch
that turns off the production of muscle and turns on the production of fat,
particularly around the waist and belly area.
That’s why you’ll often hear insulin called the fat-storage hormone. Insulin
also interferes with the breakdown of fat cells, making it even more difficult
for your body to lose weight.
The discussion of insulin’s role in
weight gain is one of the most important discussions in the new books.
Not only does a high
insulin level set you up for a long list of diseases, it can actually cause you
to age more rapidly. The rate at which you age is largely determined by how
sensitive your body is to insulin. If your body responds fully to insulin
you’ll age more slowly.
When your fasting
blood sugar level climb to over 100 your aging process will shift into
overdrive. Just look at any diabetic and I’m sure you’ll notice how rapidly
In short, CRH fuels premature aging.
The higher your blood insulin
level the faster you age
An elevated insulin
level can play havoc with your sex life by disrupting the level and activity of
a number of different sex hormones including estrogen, testosterone and
progesterone. These are the hormones that control sexual desire,
performance and enjoyment.
As they age many men and women assume that their sexual problems are caused by
aging. But in many cases their symptoms can be entirely reversed. A normal
hormonal balance can be often restored after their insulin level is brought
DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a key steroid hormone that’s a biochemical
cousin of both estrogen and testosterone. DHEA is often called the “mother sex
hormone” since the body can easily convert DHEA into either estrogen or
testosterone – the key sex hormones.
Users report that they
have increased their libido (sexual desire) by taking supplements containing
Unfortunately as insulin
resistance increases, the level of DHEA in the body falls. Fortunately in most
cases a normal DHEA level can be easily restored when insulin levels return to
Also, insulin increases
the level of something called Hormone Binding Globulin (HBG). HBG binds to sex
hormones and renders them inactive.
The more HBG you have, the less hormone is
As you bring your
insulin level down the amount of HBG in your blood will also decline giving
your sex hormones an extra boost.
Doctors are fond of
handing out what sounds like good advice. You’ve heard their mantra before I’m
sure. Eat a low fat diet, exercise regularly and stay away from alcohol and
Virtually every major health organization on the planet endorses these
At first glance their advice appears reasonable enough but when we examine the
lifestyles and personal habits of those rare individuals who live past the age
of 115, their advice suddenly doesn’t seem so wise.