Because one of its role in body fat storage, insulin often gets a bad rap in the ancestral health community.
Managing insulin secretion through diet is a good strategy for losing weight, but it is also important to understand that insulin performs vital functions in your body and is essential for your body to survive at all.
This short video from Kahn’s Academy is a good beginner’s guide to the function of insulin in fuelling your cells with glucose.
For an explanation of what happens to the glucose after it has entered your cells, see this video lecture by Doug McGuff, M.D.
Those of you who follow my blog regularly will recall I interviewed Phil back in November.
Phil switched to a low-carb life-style September last year in an effort to manage his diabetes. His early results were spectacular. He lost 14 lbs / 7kg in 3 weeks, and he cut his use of insulin to a third of what it was previously.
Phil has agreed to update us on his progress periodically. Here is the latest instalment.
What has happened since we last spoke in November?
My weight has stabilised at 85Kg. I probably could lose a few more Kg, but everyone I meet notices the loss of weight.
My ill fitting clothes were getting embarrassing, so I have had to buy a new suit, and lots of new clothes.
And I feel fantastic. None of the drowsiness that I used to have almost every day. Generally I am full of energy.
What challenges have you come up against in maintaining your new life-style?
Every time I find myself in a different place or situation, finding something suitable to eat can be a challenge. I used to be very flexible and would eat whatever was available. But now it is the opposite. But then, when I do find something, I almost always feel really happy with what I have eaten and rarely regret not having what I would have eaten. If that makes sense.
How do people react to the changes you have made?
Everyone seems to be very respectful of it. Last week we went to dinner with friends and they went to so much effort to make the meal suitable for me. I was moved that people react so well.
What have you learned over the past two months that have caused you to make further changes to your life-style?
I have learnt that this way of eating can be really enjoyable. And the benefits are clear. I have done lots of reading, which led me to stop taking the Statins that my doctor had recommended.
What are the health questions that pre-occupy you at the moment?
The main thing that I haven’t sorted out yet is my exercise. I love doing exercise, in particular running and playing football. But I was finding it hard to manage the sugar levels. Then I got an Achilles problem that was not going away. I am seeing a specialist about it and he recommended a change in exercise routine.
What changes to your health do you hope to see in the coming months?
Once my Achilles is sorted I am looking forward to starting a new regime of exercise. I hope to get back to my old fitness levels and lose a few more Kg.