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What is hyperinsulinism?

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, answers:
Insulin allows sugar to enter your blood cells, where it's burned as fuel. Insulin resistance is common in the US and can result from diabetes, obesity, excess sugar/carb intake and nutritional deficiencies. To compensate for insulin resistance, your body increases its insulin levels (hyperinsulinism), which can then contribute to more weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Decreasing sugar/carbohydrates, increasing fiber intake, proper nutritional supplementation (e.g. 200 micrograms/day of chromium) and losing weight can help restore normal sensitivity to insulin. This can keep you healthy and help you lose weight.

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