Did you know that the average American male consumes nearly 96 grams of fat a day ? That is a whopping 864 calories from fat alone ! The bad news is that 34 of those grams are saturated fat, implicated in heart disease and obesity.
Being overweight is linked to high cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure and noninsulin-dependent diabetes, as well as being a risk factor for coronary heart disease.
Being overweight also increases the risk for gallbladder disease and some types of cancer, and has been implicated in the development of osteoarthritis.
Insulin resistance is a well-known phenomenon among overweight individuals, and affects insulin's ability to act upon specific tissues.
Insulin resistance is common among obese persons and may also be the main reason for fat storage.
Research shows that if we can improve the way the body uses insulin then we can help diabetes and weight loss.
Insulin resistance is well known in diabetes mellitus, lupus, obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome and other autoimmune diseases.
A study of risk factors for coronary artery disease concluded that healthy persons with hyperinsulinemia and normal glucose tolerance are more likely to develop coronary artery disease, compared with healthy subjects with normal insulin levels.
But, insulin resistance can also affect people who are superficially healthy and normal, but have underlying pathological factors at work, according to Dr. Gerald M. Reaven.
Dr. Reaven compared plasma insulin levels with blood lipid levels and blood pressure in two groups of 247 healthy, non-diabetic, non-obese subjects with normal glucose tolerance levels. He found that "healthy" persons with elevated insulin levels had:
How do you become insulin resistant ? One explanation for insulin resistance is a deficiency of biologically active chromium caused by:
The body tends to compensate by producing more insulin when insulin cannot work efficiently. The result is hyperinsulinemia (or high blood insulin) which can increase cardiovascular disease risk factors such as elevated LDL cholesterol, decreased HDL cholesterol, hypertension, and increased fat storage.
Although not all cases of insulin resistance are chromium-deficient, it appears that individuals who are insulin-resistant due to a chromium deficiency would benefit from chromium supplementation.
You may also increase the chromium rich foods in your diet.
Foods High In Chromium Are:
Brewer's yeast, beef, liver, whole wheat, rye, fresh chilies, oysters, potatoes, wheat germ, green peppers, eggs, chicken, apples, butter, bananas, spinach, black strap molasses
If you are aware of any health problem which may compromise your general health, it is important to seek treatment. A Health and Wellness Counselor may help you, to bring you back in balance and to good health through, detoxing, healthy eating and living, create a proper diet suited for your condition, advise natural remedies, herbs, wholefood supplements and organic cosmetics.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !