13 Things That Spike Insulin & Cause Insulin Resistance (Pre-diabetes)


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Dr. Berg talks about thirteen things that can increase insulin and insulin resistance.
1. Sugar
2. Refined grains
3. Frequent eating
4. Lean low fat protein
5. Excess protein
6. Soy oil (GMO)
7. Tran fats (hydrogenated)
8. Cortisol
9. Diuretics
10. Statins
11. MSG (monosodium glutamate)(modified food starch)
12. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies
-potassium deficiencies
-magnesium deficiencies
-sodium deficiencies
-zinc deficiencies
-chromium deficiencies
-calcium excess
-vitamin B1 deficiencies
-vitamin D deficiencies
-vitamin A deficiencies

Insulin resistances comes from sustained high levels of insulin. Insulin resistances turns into diabetes eventually. When someone has insulin resistance, it is hard to test it because it could be sub-clinical and not show up for 10 years. Your blood sugars could be normal because the body is compensating and adapting.

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  1. Dr Berg I have a question: we spike insulin when we do these 13 things, I'm honnestly with you, so what happens to that insulin after? Where does it go? Is it always in our blood stream? Is it hidden or supressed somehow?

  2. Thanks for your videos.
    I have been on blood pressure and cholesterol for nearly 10 years. I have now found out i produce to much insulin and a fatty liver. I dont think my doctor understands this stuff you are telling us. My dietitian through bloods found the high insulin. I am fasting with my last meal at night and the next day. I am eating thr vegetables you tell us to, but i am still lethargic and have nausea.
    Can you give me anymore pointers please.
    Regards Glenn.

  3. Did you know that smoking/nicotine causes a spike in blood glucose, and then suppresses insulin from clearing the glucose from the blood stream… Nicotine is an instant insulin resistance maker & hyperglycemia.. You should check into this area and do a video for the keto smokers. I don't know if keto is hurting them or helping them, I suppose Keto is keeping their hyperglycemia a little lower so they are not heading to the diabetes as quickly and smoking & carbohydrate eating combined.

  4. Point No 3 Then why does many lean athletes and Fitness trainers and nutritionists advise to take 5 to 6 small meals per day instead of 3 big meals….Doesn't it increase insulin resistance @DrBerg?

  5. stupid question but i have been mostly eating snacks every day the whole year, how many years does it take to get diabetes, my mother has diabetes 2, or is it different for each person?

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  7. Hi Dr. Berg – thanks for the great video. Quick question: is there a time when you would want an insulin spike (maybe post workout to increase absorption of amino acids, glucose, etc.)? Or would you only eat low-glycemic carbohydrates to keep it as low as possible.

  8. If I eat 20 mg of protein 6 times a day about every 3 hours is that too much? And if I eat skinless chicken does it help to add fats like butter and avocado cottage cheese? I'm doing weight training 5 days a week

  9. Does fruit spike your insulin? im not talking about excesive amounts i mean is 1 piece of fruit a day ok? like an apple a day maybe i should eat a half at morning and half later to dont get all that sugar at once??

  10. Hi Dr. Berg, Thank you so much for all this info. At 140 lbs, I'm only 10 lbs away from my ideal weight. I've had digestive problems all my life and discovered digestive enzymes though a complimentary med dr., which help me very much. I've been on a vegetarian candida diet for the past 25 years but was diagnosed last month with insulin resistance. My cholesterol and blood pressure are climbing. I want to do the keto diet to improve my health, but I can't digest fats, especially animal fat. Any hope for me?


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