CIC Cycle

CIC Cycle


Signs of IR
Signs of IR

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:

  1. When you eat a high-carbohydrate meal, your body breaks down the carbs into glucose, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.