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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Elevated Insulin, NOT Cholesterol Is the Single Greatest Marker of CVD Risk !

Elevated levels of fasting insulin is the single greatest marker to assess a person's cardiovascular and diabetic risk factors. This has been consistently demonstrated in the medical literature going back more than 20 years. Elevated levels of insulin are found among those with heart disease, congestive heart failure, insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Why then are insulin levels not routinely tested on standard blood chemistry tests? Answer: there are no drugs to lower insulin. It is controlled specifically through dietary intervention and exercise. There are no drugs to sell to a patient. No profit to be made despite the insulin reality. To make matters worse, laboratory reference ranges for what constitutes "healthy" or "normal" insulin values are totally absurd.

Laboratory reference ranges for what constitutes a normal, fasting insulin level are so ludicrous that they will have you believe an insulin level in double digits (10 or greater) is normal. I have never seen one person with a fasting insulin level of 10 or greater who did not have multiple health issues. Insulin levels of 20 or more (considered to be within normal range by most labs) indicate a person is already a type II diabetic! Show me someone with a fasting insulin level of 10 or greater and I'll show you a person with multiple health issues.

Ideally one's fasting insulin should be as low to zero as possible! The reference range that I recommend for fasting insulin instead is 0-5. A one point movement in insulin is significant.

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Lowcarb team member said...

Even more of a reason for a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic who is most likely insulin resistant and whose system is awash with plasma insulin to ditch the starchy carbs.


Lowcarb team member said...

If only they were given the information Paul.

Such a pity that none of the proposed initiatives to try to do that have got off the ground.
Its much easier to spread mis-and dis-information isn't it?