Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the beta cells, which are cells that are scattered throughout the pancreas. The insulin produced is released into the blood stream and travels throughout the body. Insulin is an important hormone that has many actions within the body. Insulin also is important in regulating the cells of the body including their growth. Insulin resistance (IR) is a physiological condition where the natural hormone, insulin, becomes less effective at lowering blood sugars. The resulting increase in blood glucose may raise levels outside the normal range and cause adverse health effects. Certain cell types such as fat and muscle cells require insulin to absorb glucose. When these cells fail to respond adequately to circulating insulin, blood glucose levels rise. The liver helps regulate glucose levels by reducing its secretion of glucose in the presence of insulin. This normal reduction in the liver’s glucose production may not occur in people with insulin resistance. In the presence of peripheral insulin resistance, pancreatic β-cell insulin secretion increases in a compensatory fashion. Therefore, it is essential to examine β-cell function in the context of peripheral insulin sensitivity. Fasting hyperinsulinemia is present in obese PCOD women. Insulin responses to … Continue reading Insulin and PCOD – What’s the link? →
Juicing vegetables is the best way to improve the nutrient density of your diet, without adding too many calories to facilitate the process of healthy weight loss.
Most women are likely to develop small and ropy varicose veins at some point in their lives. This often makes them self-conscious about how their legs look, to an extent that they force themselves to spend their entire summer clad in long pants and stockings. It is not easy for them to bare their legs when those red and purplish veins are glaringly obvious. Let’s first understand what varicose veins mean. They are enlarged veins that are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. They can be dark purple or blue, look twisted, and bulging. Varicose veins are commonly found on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the leg. They develop when valves in the veins that allow blood to flow toward the heart stop working properly. As a result, blood pools in the veins and causes them to get larger. Thus, it becomes vital for women to know the various reasons that lead to this ugly disease. The causes of varicose veins vary from person to person. The major reason for the cause of varicose veins could be due to weak or damaged valves.
Does your stomach feel bloated all the time? Do you suffer from acidity and digestion?
People who suffer from PCOD should pay special attention to the food that they eat since it can bring about a great deal of change in one’s health. Here are 4 types of foods suggested by the health experts at Health Total that you need to avoid if you are suffering from PCOD/PCOS: Speak to our Nutritionist for actionable advice on health foods and PCOD by filling this form. High GI (Glycaemic Index) foods Foods that have a high GI result in a quick rise in blood sugar levels. High GI foods that you need to avoid include white rice, mashed potatoes, rice cakes, muffins, and cakes. Dairy Milk leads to a rise in testosterone levels. It contains a protein that limits normal testosterone processing in the body. With testosterone not being managed, testosterone levels just keep rising. As testosterone levels are already prone to being high in PCOD, dairy just makes the problem worse. Soy products It is found that soy has been implicated in delayed ovulation. Thus avoid soy products especially to those women that are trying to conceive. Bad fats Cut down on red meat and get rid of the dairy. Also, avoid those processed, fatty foods. Though … Continue reading 4 foods to avoid during PCOD →
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