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Insulin Resistance Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin Resistance Insulin Sensitivity
As a Type-1 Diabetic and due to the manner in which I learned to manage it, Insulin Resistance became a passionate topic for me as it is a fundamental element of metabolic control. I learned that the lower the insulin resistance, the less insulin I had to inject and the better I felt. However, it wasn’t until two and a half decades later that I discovered that there was actually a technical term for this metabolic relationship; Insulin Resistance. What is insulin?Insulin is a hormone that enables the metabolism (“burn rate”) of glucose. Insulin is produced by a portion of the pancreas and is secreted into the blood stream. It is produced in direct response to the level of glucose in the blo...
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Sean Carney
Fantastic post Ken! Wow. I am so grateful for such a good resource to share with others. That is what I am doing now. Sharing ... Read More
Friday, 24 April 2015 18:11
Nancy A Kalis
Thanks Ken for this really informative post. My 23 year old daughter has just been diagnosed as insulin resistant and hypoglycemi... Read More
Monday, 27 April 2015 16:27
Ken Thomas
Hi Nancy, Thank you for the kind words. I really look forward to your daughter's improved health! About your question: "One q... Read More
Monday, 27 April 2015 17:57
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Oh no! Not that protein question again!

Oh no!  Not that protein question again!
“Where do you get your protein?” has become such a common question it is almost comical. Most of the answers I see are along the line of, “well, you don’t really need all that much protein”. While that is indeed true, it doesn’t seem to be very convincing to the average meat eating American. I guess the geek in me makes me lean towards a physics point of view. With that, I like to point out that ALL protein comes from plants. Yes, every molecule of protein in every muscle in every animal on this planet, all came from plants. Animals that eat animals still get their protein from plants - they just get it second-hand. There are major benefits to getting your protein, first-hand, from the ori...
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Sean Carney
Right on target. What a great post. Thanks for the nerdy analysis. :-)
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:27
Paige Patrick
Hi Ken! On the topic of protein sourcing--a dear family friend emailed me a link to an article written in the Huffington Post that... Read More
Friday, 10 October 2014 11:52
Ken Thomas
Thank you, Paige, for those wonderful links and WELCOME to Starch-Smart!Just a couple of my favorite success stories are Ruth Heid... Read More
Saturday, 11 October 2014 17:26
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Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span

Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span
As a Type-1 diabetic, the study of insulin and metabolism has been a subject of obsessive interest for the last 26 years.  From personal experience I have found that maintaining normal blood sugar involves more than simply injecting insulin.  It turns out that it is not entirely a simple matter of matching insulin dose to consumed calories.  Within the first year of my Type-1 diabetes journey, I discovered foods that result in the lowest required insulin doses and ones that result in the largest.  Additionally, the foods that require the lowest insulin also provide the greatest vitality, highest level of energy, stamina, strength and agility.  Later, I discovered th...
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Carbophobia

Carbophobia
Carbophobia as defined in the Urban Dictionary is “An irrational fear of element 6 of the periodic table (aka carbon), from which all organic life is based. …Currently a source of great hysteria. Carbophobia has reached such levels it’s become its own religion.”   While that definition is just as wee bit tongue-in-cheek, I think there is also a lot of truth to it. Every day in my discussions with would-be or new vegans, they “confess” to (what they think of as) a guilty pleasure in eating foods high in carbohydrates like potatoes, rice, whole grain bread or pasta. I remember living with that fear and I feel badly for them. For me as their mentor, it’s a bit like being a midwife at a ...
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Sean Carney
We are going to design a T-Shirt one of these days that says in big letters: Should I Eat Carbs? Then below the letters there will... Read More
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 17:42
Deborah Anne Pageau
Good point. That's one of the advantages of the low-fat, whole foods plant-based diet approach: donuts are not part of the discus... Read More
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 19:57
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