In this series, we’ve been discussing Dr. Ron Rosedale’s article Insulin and its Metabolic Effects. This is part 8, and if you wish to check out the previous articles on this, you may find them on our articles page.
This article was written over 20 years ago, at a time where the issues concerning excessive insulin weren’t anywhere near as well known as they are today. It’s not that they are that well known these days either, but thanks to the internet this information is being popularized more and more with each passing year.
It’s not that Dr. Rosedale was any sort of pioneer here, that role falls to Dr. Roger Unger, whose work over 50 years ago alerted us to the damage that excess insulin causes and how it is behind the disease of type 2 diabetes. Since then we’ve discovered that it is behind a lot of other conditions as well, and may be the unifying factor behind the majority of chronic diseases.
Even though we’re up to part 8, we’ve barely gotten into this significant article written by Dr. Rosedale all these years ago, and there’s much more to talk about here.
We left off looking at Dr. Rosedale’s view of aging as a disease and how excess nutrients, leading to excess insulin levels, have been shown to play a meaningful if not central role in aging. Our cellular metabolism is like an automobile engine, with a limited number of miles on them. Excess nutrients puts more miles on them by revving their engines faster, as well as creating deposits in their engines to various degrees.
So more nutrients means that you are more likely to get engine failure, and this can be understood from the perspective of our whole bodies as well, putting more mileage on us and getting ourselves damaged more.
Insulin is the fuel pump for these engines, and the more insulin we have in our blood, in conjunction with the more fuel we have in there, the nutrients, the worse off we will be. This is behind the evidence we have that calorie restriction promotes longevity, and calorie excess limits it. It’s not the calories actually, it’s the level of nutrients itself, and excess carbohydrates play the biggest role in this. This is because carboydrates, metabolized as glucose, increase insulin levels more than the other 2 macronutrients, protein and fat.
Not only does the excessive delivery of nutrients to our cells cause aging, it also is behind many other diseases. We miss this because we focus so much on the symptoms of diseases, not their causes, at least in conventional medical views.
With type 2 diabetes, the symptom is high blood sugar, so they look to lower that, not realizing that this is going to worsen the real problem, which is excessive glucose and fat being put into our cells. Blood sugar isn’t high because there is a deficiency of these nutrients in our cells, this happens ultimately because our cells are already exposed to excessive levels and cannot handle any more.
Dr. Rosedale speaks of his days as an ear nose throat physician where the conventional approach to treat congestion is to reduce it with decongestants. This provides temporary relief of the symptom but does nothing to address what is behind it, and in fact it ends up making things worse.
The mucous that is secreted serves a role in looking to remove the insult, and this increase in mucous causes congestion, as the body seeks to heal itself by addressing the cause. Treating symptoms with no regard to their function seeks to counter the body’s natural protective mechanisms, and when you do that, that takes us in the opposite direction from healing.
When we look to lower blood sugar artificially, this is even more stupid. The cells are resisting this excess glucose as a means of protecting themselves from the ravages of it, and what we do is that we force them to take in more anyway, by increasing insulin or using other means to increase glucose uptake.
Just like the person with the stuffy nose, we then pat ourselves on the back, the symptom has improved, yet the underlying condition, the infection or the diabetes, has been worsened by all this.
Dr. Rosedale then goes into a discussion of insulin, with the claim that insulin excess is primarily or totally responsible for the manifestation and worsening of most chronic diseases we see.
Dr. Rosedale rightly points out that the primary purpose of insulin is not to lower our blood sugar, it is to store excess nutrients. In periods of feast and famine, it was important to store during feast periods, to allow us to survive the famine periods.
We have evolved with more famine than feast, or at least weren’t subject to continual feasting periods, which characterizes how most people eat. We do not need to cycle our eating, and in fact a constant supply is ideal, it’s just that many people consume way too much food chronically.
This is especially the case these days with chronic excessive carbohydrate consumption, which is a particular epidemic these days. It is no coincidence that chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, have increased in lock step with this excessive carb consumption.
He points out the irony that we are told to eat a high complex carbohydrate, low fat diet, as a way to manage our metabolism. What happens is that these complex carbohydrates become stored as saturated fat, and it bears pointing out that saturated fat created from excess glucose from insulin is the bad fat, where dietary saturated fat is quite benign metabolically.
Insulin is also an anabolic hormone, which is why bodybuilders inject it to grow big muscles. Its anabolic effects, in concert with a high carbohydrate diet, create a perfect condition for cancer cells to grow, they love both anabolic hormones and lots of glucose, and both make them grow and grow.
We’ll leave off our discussion here and pick up part 9 with Dr. Rosedale’s discussion of insulin’s other effects, starting with how insulin resistance causes us to excessively excrete magnesium. This is a big problem and given that most people have clinical magnesium deficiency, along with the fact that most of us have too high insulin levels, this should give us cause for alarm.