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Essential System 1-Insulin

The hormone, insulin, helps control the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. With insulin resistance, the body's cells don't respond normally to insulin. Glucose can't enter the cells as easily, so it builds up in the blood. This can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.

essential system 1 Insulin

Insulin resistance, which is often a problem with blood sugar issues, affects hormones in several different ways.

In women, the way that insulin resistance or high insulin tweaks hormones are that it up-regulates an enzyme called 17, 20-lyase, and this increases the production of testosterone and leads to;

In Men - Insulin surges can up-regulate aromatase which is an enzyme that converts testosterone into oestrogen.

In men, what you often see is a normal or low normal testosterone level but a high oestrogen level, and this is commonly seen in andropause or “manopause”. In order to fix it, you really have to address the insulin and blood sugar issue because the problem isn’t low testosterone, per se, although the symptoms are caused, in a sense, or are reminiscent of low testosterone symptoms.  

Take steps to address blood sugar dysregulation, like;

Some signs of insulin resistance include;