The Dangerous Carb-Insulin-Carb Cycle
The carb-insulin-carb cycle (abbreviation: ”CIC”, pronounced “sick”) is a cycle that occurs when the body becomes reliant on high-carbohydrate foods to maintain normal blood sugar levels. This can lead to a range of negative health consequences, including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and other metabolic health issues.
Here's how the carb-insulin-carb cycle works:
- When you eat a high-carbohydrate meal, your body breaks down the carbs into glucose, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream.
- In response to the increase in blood sugar, the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Insulin helps move glucose from the bloodstream into the cells, where it can be used for energy.
- As the blood sugar levels drop, the body's energy levels drop as well. This can lead to feelings of fatigue and hunger, causing you to crave more high-carbohydrate foods.
- The cycle repeats, with the body becoming increasingly reliant on high-carbohydrate foods to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
This cycle can be dangerous because it can lead to insulin resistance, a condition in which the body's cells become resistant to the effects of insulin. Insulin resistance can lead to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other metabolic health issues.
To break the carb-insulin-carb cycle and improve metabolic health, it is important to adopt a healthy diet that is low in refined carbohydrates and high in healthy fats, proteins, and fiber. Engaging in regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight can also help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of insulin resistance and its associated health consequences.
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