Insulin resistance, fasting, and low carbohydrate diets — how it works – Exploring what insulin resistance is, and why common remedies like fasting and ketogenic diets seem to work so well – was written by Philip Marais for Medium/Health, 30 October 2019. 

Insulin resistance has many causes. It varies from person to person, and it can be quite hard to figure out for some people. Here are a few common causes of insulin resistance.

    • A diet high in refined carbohydrates (flour, maize, sugar, fruit-sugars, refined grains & breakfast cereals). When our cells are full of glucose, they start to push back when more sugar is added to the bloodstream and the body has to recruit mor
      e insulin to get the glucose out of the bloodstream.
    • Lots of vegetable oils, the main source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (Margarine, sunflower oil, canola oil) can cause cells to start going deaf to the signal of insulin.
    • Allergic responses to plant materials such as wheat and a plant substance called lectins or to dairy (yogurt, cheese, milk, cream). This reaction also makes cells deaf to the message of insulin.

Insulin resistance means that the cells of the body do not respond to insulin in the correct manner. Insulin is rendered incapable of performing its regular function of signaling cells to take up glucose from the bloodstream. (Phinney and Volek 2011)

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So let’s take a look at BPA, called an endocrine disruptor, which has been linked to insulin resistance.

Is Insulin Resistance Linked to BPA Exposure? was written by Wil Dubois for DiabetesMine, 7 December 2019. 

BPA stands for Bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that may find its way into our food and beverage supplies. Some experts claim that it is toxic, and it’s been blamed for causing everything from erectile dysfunction to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, asthma, and yes, diabetes.

What is BPA exactly? It’s main organic synthetic compound used in the manufacture of hard plastics. It is the most-produced chemical on the planet, and it’s found in all manner of products from water pipes to compact digital discs.

It’s also the star of one of the greatest scientific debates of all time. Because here’s the thing: BPA is what’s called an endocrine disrupter. If it gets in your body, it can mimic estrogen, which can lead to all manner of health issues. And by simply living in the modern world, BPA gets into our bodies. Our environment is saturated with BPA. As noted, it’s in our food and our water. In the ground. In the products we use and interact with every day.

Avoiding BPA is like trying to avoid getting that campfire smoke smell on your clothing when going to a cookout.

No one denies the facts that we have BPA in our bodies, and that BPA can be harmful to health. What’s up for grab is whether the levels we all carry around with us are high enough to be harmful. Our government and the chemical industry say no. Hundreds of clinical studies suggest otherwise. Of interest, one study of the studies showed that 100% of industry-funded studies found BPA harmless, while academic studies found significant health risks.

BPA has been linked to insulin resistance. Apparently, even at low doses, BPA induces the impairment of insulin and glucagon secretion, and acts on muscle, hepatic, and adipose cell function, triggering an insulin-resistant state. BPA also appears to have an effect on weight, which, of course, increases insulin resistance. In a recent study, childhood obesity was tied to BPA exposure by researchers conducting two meta-analyses “showing bidirectional associations, including exposure effect by obesity and obesity risk by exposure.” The study reviewed over 400 scholarly articles, which tells you something about the volume of research that’s been conducted on the subject of BPA.

Read more:  Is Insulin Resistance Linked to BPA Exposure?


Stop using plastic cups because BPA exposure may be much worse than we thought was reported by Arianne Cohen for, 6 December 2019. 

The FDA has repeatedly determined that human exposure to BPA is low, and therefore safe. (A recent FDA report stated that “BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods.”) Patricia Hunt, a researcher at Washington State University, says these regulations may be “based on inaccurate measurements.”

Hunt and colleagues developed a more accurate way of measuring BPA in the body by directly measuring BPA metabolites in urine. They found levels of BPA up to 44 times those used as the basis for FDA regulations, based on indirect measurements.

Read more:  Stop using plastic cups because BPA exposure may be much worse than we thought

On the lighter side, let’s take a look at A BANANA!  If you are an art lover, you’ll have fun with this!!!  Wonder how many carbs in an art installation banana?!?!?

The first flight of V.I.P. collectors had barely arrived at Art Basel Miami Beach, the art fair that some call the “Running of the Billionaires,’’ and the satirical Italian artist had already won the battle for Instagram.

All he needed was a banana and some duct tape. In a gesture straight out of the Duchamp playbook, Mr. Cattelan emerged from productive hibernation with his first sculpture created for an art fair in 15 years. The piece, titled “Comedian,’’ was the endpoint in a creative process that saw him cycling through renditions of the fruit in resin and bronze, before settling on the real thing.

Mr. Cattelan’s competition included Picasso, Basquiat and Georg Baselitz. Still, minutes after the gun went off for a V.I.P. preview on Wednesday morning (the fair would not open to the public for another day) collectors were already making a beeline for the Galerie Perrotin booth and Mr. Cattelan’s banana, offered in a limited edition of three with one artist’s proof, at a cost of $120,000 apiece.

Read more:  The $120,000 Banana Wins Art Basel

BUT WAIT!!! There’s MORE!!!

Someone ate a $120,000 banana that an artist had taped to a wall was reported by Rob Picheta for, 8 December 2019. 

The work, by Maurizio Cattelan, was ripe for the picking — and on Saturday, it was unceremoniously taken off the wall at the Art Basel Miami Beach and eaten by a performance artist, amid a crowd of stunned onlookers, some of whom posted videos of the incident.
“I really love this installation. It’s very delicious,” David Datuna wrote on Instagram, alongside a video showing the aftermath of his stunt.
Entitled “Comedian,” the artwork comprised a banana bought in a Miami grocery store, and a single piece of duct tape. There were three editions, the gallery said, adding that two had already sold for around $120,000.
It’s unclear whether the banana being eaten will detract from the artwork’s value, or whether Cattelan plans to buy more bananas and start again. CNN has contacted the gallery for comment.
Prior to the reported sale, the gallery’s founder Emmanuel Perrotin told CNN the bananas are “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor,” adding that the artist turns mundane objects into “vehicles of both delight and critique.”
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