Insulin is secreted by the beta cells of the pancreas to regulate food storage and metabolism. If you have too much or too little of it, you won’t live for long. In essence, insulin governs your body, and it has a profound effect on aging.

About Insulin

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Centenarians come from all countries and backgrounds. Some are even smokers, but they all have one thing in common—low insulin levels. Your pancreas can store about 200 units of insulin each day. Insulin sweeps sugar inside cells, turns amino acids from protein into muscle, and transforms fatty acids into fat. Sugar is first stored in the liver and muscle. Excess sugar that can’t be stored in the liver and muscles is converted to triglycerides to be stored as fat. Insulin secretion is promoted by all food groups. However, a low-fat diet full of excess carbohydrates causes the pancreas to overproduce insulin. The bad carbs of white bread, white rice, pasta, and starchy vegetables put you at risk.

The United States is a sugar nation. It’s no surprise that excess insulin is our main hormonal problem. When you strain your pancreas with too much sugar, you gain weight and increase your chances of developing diseases. If your pancreas becomes overwhelmed, it won’t be able to continue making insulin, and it may even stop altogether. With not enough insulin going around, your blood sugar will remain elevated, and you’ll develop diabetes. Your insulin levels must remain perfect, secreted just in the right amounts. If you’re wondering whether or not you’re producing too much insulin, just look at your belly. If you can’t see your abs, your pancreas is secreting too much insulin. Get it?