Insulin A Double-Edged Sword

Ep 100
In this episode of ReInvent Healthcare, I talk about Insulin and its dual nature. I also go over why maintaining a delicate balance is key and how deviations can lead to weight gain, inflammation, and a myriad of health issues. This episode serves as a guide to understanding the intricate interplay of insulin, providing insights into its positive contributions and cautionary tales, ultimately empowering you to give your clients the support they need to make healthier decisions in life.


Insulin As A Double-Edged Sword
Insulin plays a vital role in regulating blood sugar levels within the optimal range, a function critical for preventing damage to organs such as the retinas, peripheral nerves, kidneys, and blood vessels. Maintaining proper insulin function is essential, as deviations in insulin levels—either too low or too high—can result in significant health issues. Excessive insulin, frequently influenced by dietary and lifestyle factors, poses particular concerns, underscoring the need for a balanced approach to insulin management for overall health and wellness.


The Positive and Negative Effects of Insulin
Insulin serves a beneficial function by aiding nutrient storage, enabling the absorption of glucose, protein, amino acids, and minerals into cells. Conversely, an abundance of insulin leads to the storage of fat, resulting in weight gain, particularly around the waist and organs. Elevated insulin levels and the development of insulin resistance are linked to a spectrum of health issues, encompassing peripheral neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular complications. The intricate balance of insulin levels emerges as a pivotal factor in the intricate interplay of metabolic health and associated physiological outcomes.


Insulin and Inflammation
Insulin exhibits anti-inflammatory properties by suppressing specific inflammatory cytokines, yet an excess of insulin, often associated with obesity, can paradoxically contribute to inflammation. This underscores the crucial need for maintaining balanced insulin levels to promote optimal metabolic health. Furthermore, the intricate relationship between insulin and hunger becomes apparent, as heightened insulin levels can induce leptin resistance, resulting in elevated food consumption and subsequent metabolic imbalances. The delicate equilibrium of insulin functions emerges as pivotal in regulating inflammation and achieving overall metabolic well-being.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.