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How is the hypothalamus connected to insulin resistance?

by | Last updated: Jan 11, 2023 | Hypothalamus | 0 comments

You may be familiar with insulin resistance. But in case you need a refresher, here is a snapshot.

Insulin resistance is when your cells do not allow insulin to lock into its receptor site. This can increase blood glucose and can lead to diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Your pancreas must work harder to make more insulin, which leads to type two diabetes.

Insulin resistance is commonly known as pre-diabetes. You often treat it with diet, exercise, and medications. There are also alternative supplements that can help to treat insulin resistance. 

Many are unaware that your hypothalamus actually controls many aspects of your body’s metabolism. This includes your glucose metabolism. The way your body deals with sugar.

It controls how much sugar your liver will store as glycogen, as well as triglycerides. Excess triglyceride storage leads to fatty liver. Your hypothalamus also controls your adrenal glands. Too much cortisol, which is from too much stress over long periods of time, can show an increase in the risk of insulin resistance

This is what happens. A dysfunctional hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis creates miscommunication between your hypothalamus and adrenal glands. This leads to exaggerated stress responses. As well as too much cortisol production. Your hypothalamus controls your metabolism, or how fast you burn energy. It is glucose that is burned as energy. So if your metabolism is slower, then you are not going to use your glucose appropriately. 

The hypothalamus connects to insulin resistance through its production of a hormone called proopiomelanocortin. Or POMC.

POMC is a pre-hormone that is broken into a cortisol-releasing factor. It controls adrenal function. Which then controls your stress response and cortisol production. 

POMC is broken into a thyroid-releasing factor, which controls thyroid function. In turn, it controls your metabolism. This is broken into a glucose-releasing factor, which controls your glucose metabolism by your liver and cells. POMC also is broken down into melanocyte-stimulating hormones. Which controls your day/night cycles and your metabolic rate. 

POMC controls so many aspects of how glucose is used in the body. When your body has too much sugar, it cannot use it for energy. Therefore, insulin resistance is a natural reaction. All to prevent cells in your organs, like your heart, from growing too big. Because they can’t use it for energy. And they have no way to store the sugar. Your hypothalamus will slow your metabolism down if it recognizes that you are consuming more sugar than you use for energy. Which will increase the risk of insulin resistance. 

Insulin resistance is the first step toward diabetes. It is a common issue for women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).

Insulin resistance is treatable at the endpoint. In what we call downstream medicine. Downstream medicine treats the symptoms, and not the cause of the symptoms. In contrast, upstream medicine looks at what causes the symptoms.

Usually, it’s a hypothalamus in imbalance that can cause many of these problems. When you support your hypothalamus with Genesis Gold®, it helps reprogram the way your body uses glucose. It will also resensitize your cells to insulin, whether you have type two diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, or pre-diabetes. Fortunately, we can correct insulin resistance with a special diet. As well as consistent exercise, and the support of your hypothalamus.

If you suffer from insulin resistance, you don’t have to go through it alone. Join us in our Hormone Support Group. You can get access to it through our Free Hormone Reboot Training. I hope you’ll join us.

About the Author - Deborah Maragopoulos FNP

Known as the Hormone Queen®️, I’ve made it my mission to help everyone – no matter their age – balance their hormones, and live the energy and joy their DNA and true destiny desires. See more about me my story here…



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