What Is Insulin? – Dr. Ali’s Insulin Weight Loss Plan
Majid Ali, M.D
Insulin is a hormone produced in specialized cells of the pancreas gland called beta cells. It is a string made up of 51 amino acid molecules and has a small molecular size (weight of 5808 Daltons.)
Excess insulin is fermenting, inflaming, and fattening. Insulin performs these and other diverse metabolic and non-metabolic functions in the body. As for metabolism, its major functions include the transfer of glucose from the blood into the liver and muscle cells for storage and into the fatty tissues to stop the use of fat as fuel. Among the major non-metabolic functions are its roles in cellular development, differentiation, and death. In the circulatory system, it is involved in the regulation of blood flow.
Insulin is a molecular Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde par excellence. It is energizing under one set of conditions and de-energizing under another. At normal low (healthy) levels, it is a Dr. Jeykll while at abnormal high (unhealthy) levels it is a Mr. Hyde. The crucial fact is that the Jeykll/Hyde roles of insulin are determined by the prevailing oxygen conditions in the body.
Diabetes is as much a problem of sugar as it is of fats, proteins, and minerals. It is as much a problem of enzymes and hormones as it is of sugar.
All abnormalities of blood sugar levels develop as consequences of oxygen dysfunctions – impeded or blocked oxygen signals, oxygen-driven energetics, and oxygen-regulated detox systems of the body – caused by the trio of toxicities of foods, environment, and thoughts.
From a clinical standpoint, neither de-diabetization nor the prevention of diabetes complications is possible with mere control of blood sugar levels. Indeed, two recent and large trials published in The New England Journal of Medicine clearly showed higher death rates among patients given more drugs to keep their blood sugar and A1c levels low.*
* The ACCORD and NICE-SUGAR trials described in chapter 5 entitled “Insulin Toxicity.” A1c is a test that gives an indication of blood sugar levels during the preceding three months.