Most know that insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas that helps regulate our blood sugar levels, the storage of our calories and can increase the storage of our fat.
I am hoping you can explain what is insulin-resistant metabolic syndrome. I know your book discusses it. I know your book discusses it and how does that relate to a women’s overall heart health?
Dr. Nieca Goldberg:
Well, one of the chemicals that is secreted by glands all over our body and it’s very interesting that they often affect areas of our body that are really remote from the glands from where they are secreted.
One of the issues is insulin -- a very important hormone as you mentioned -- works with the regulation of our blood sugar. However, when you are overweight and particularly when you gain weight around the middle, your blood sugar regulation gets a little more complicated.
Although you may have very high levels of insulin, the cells in the body seem unresponsive to the insulin’s action because they’re so overloaded with sugar.