American Diabetes Association's highest award is the Banting Medal.
"HYPERINSULINEMIA is the ROOT CAUSE of insulin resistance, OBESITY and DIABETES". was The Banting Medal Winner of 2011, Dr. Barbara Corkey.
So this is why you need to understand HyperInsulinemia - if you have obesity or diabetes
As I have explained earlier when we get too much exposure to insulin we get insulin resistance
Now, as we develop insulin resistance the body needs more insulin to do the same job. This insulin resistance leads the body to start producing more and more insulin. This is medically referred to as being "hyper". So when the body is producing too much insulin is it hyper-insulin-emia.
However with this condition we will wake up with a higher fasting insulin. And when we eat food we will go even higher because of resistance. All of this will increase even more insulin resistance. So Insulin Resistance leads to HyperInsulinemia leads to greater Insulin Resistance and the cycle repeats itself.
Since insulin also tells the liver to store fat it also means that the body will keep storing more and more fat. This process is called De Novo Lipogenesis (De Novo means new, Lipo means fat and Genesis means creation). The hormonal approach to obesity says that it is this increased levels of insulin and also having insulin in our body for far longer means that we are in fat storing mode for longer, and it keeps getting longer and longer fat storage periods as our insulin levels go up.
Find this hard to believe?Look on this picture of a Type 1 diabetic without insulin.
Type 1 diabetics used to be super skinny. One of the reasons is without insulin they are unable to store fat.
The other way to see it is that very often, as people take more insulin, they gain weight. They are surely not eating more if the doctor has just prescribed taking insulin. They are gaining weight because the body is storing more away as fat.
To stop storing fat in your body you must also look at reducing the insulin resistance in your body which in turn will lower & eliminate hyperinsulinemia.
To See Dr Corkey's talk on this click this link.
Junior Gupta is the founder & Chief Research Officer of Cure My Diabetes. He has spent over 8 years of research of food, nutrition and diseases.