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Is losing or gaining fat/weight associated with the level of insulin in the blood?

Asked by silverangel (939points) February 19th, 2012

Is it right that skinny people who eat a lot and never get fat have a low level of insulin in their blood while people who barely eat anything and still gain weight have a high level of insulin in their blood? So is blood insulin level related to gaining or losing fat?

If so what are the types of food that help in losing fat in this case?

Thanks in advance :D

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jazmina88's avatar

low carb.

I’ve been diabetic over a decade. There seems to be a correlation.
You should always eat healthy.

melons, berries

marinelife's avatar

It’s a little more complicated than that. Obesity can be a partial cause of Type II diabetes:

“Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it properly. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps the body use glucose for energy. Glucose is a form of sugar that is the body’s main source of energy.

The body’s digestive system breaks food down into glucose, which then travels in the bloodstream to cells throughout the body. Glucose in the blood is called blood glucose, also known as blood sugar. As the blood glucose level rises after a meal, the pancreas releases insulin to help cells take in and use the glucose.

When people are insulin resistant, their muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond properly to insulin. As a result, their bodies need more insulin to help glucose enter cells. The pancreas tries to keep up with this increased demand for insulin by producing more. Eventually, the pancreas fails to keep up with the body’s need for insulin. Excess glucose builds up in the bloodstream, setting the stage for diabetes. Many people with insulin resistance have high levels of both glucose and insulin circulating in their blood at the same time.

Insulin resistance increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Learning about insulin resistance is the first step toward making lifestyle changes that can help prevent diabetes and other health problems.” National Diabetes Information Clearing House

As for weight loss, @jazmina88 is right. Low-carb is the way to go.

jazmina88's avatar

I am insulin resistant…..who would have thunk it?? not all diabetics are insulin resistant, others are insulin sensitive.

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