Insulin Resistance

Many people suffer from insulin resistance, but few understand how it relates to obesity.

Insulin resistance is at the core of most metabolic disease processes. And many Americans have an insulin problem thanks to our sugar and carb-rich diets.

Lesson Number 1 about insulin resistance: what it is and why it is important.

Sadly, the disease of obesity remains stigmatized and over-simplified, so have some of its recommended treatments. Thankfully, good online resources help educate people about the science behind diet and effective weight loss.

Dr. Sarah Hallberg, a bariatric medical weight management specialist, is trained specifically to help people lose weight. She has made a mark on the bariatrics field by dispelling a lot of misconceptions about obesity and diet.

In this Ted Talk video, Dr. Hallberg spells out the all-too common problem that many Americans face with regard to insulin and their diets, including why we feel hungry shortly after binging on "American Chinese food."

Type 2 Diabetes, formerly known as "sugar diabetes," is a big part of her focus. So is exploring the link between diet and the disease. One question I like to raise with patients is, "If Americans eat too much sugar, and it is the cause of Type 2 Diabetes, why then has the American Diabetes Association recommended people with this disease consume at least 45 grams of carbohydrates at each meal?"

Another question is, "Why are some health professionals still arguing that consuming fewer than 130 grams of carbohydrates in a day could result in death?" I am calling B.S. on that one! After all, where did this idea of a per diem carb threshold come from? Here is one stab at an explanation (albeit a bit long), which I found to be very helpful.

Still have questions? Let's talk about them.

Brandy Wiltermuth, ARNP