The connection between beer drinking and insulin resistance

The connection between beer drinking and insulin resistance

January 16, 2020 4 By Jose Scott


A beer boepie — you’ve managed to acquire
one. According to your mother-in-law, it’s because you spend the weekends sitting in
your chair, eating too much food and drinking beer with your mates. Her fix, which she eagerly
shares every opportunity she gets, is that YOU get out of that chair and fix all the
stuff around the house, that needs fixing i.e. eat less,move more. Research from Mount
Sinai Medical Centre suggests the old girl has got it wrong. No, no, no, no…….stop
celebrating. She’s right, you do need to “fix” that beer belly it’s a heart attack waiting
to happen. What she’s got wrong is the “fix” – a simple calorie management approach, won’t
work. Your beer belly is not being caused by a calorie problem per se, even if you are
eating too much and exercising too little. The problem is routed in the alcohol. In this
episode of Better Body Chemistry we discover why beer drinking on the weekend, is making
you insulin resistant the rest of the week. Better Body Chemistry TV is brought to you
by Dr Sandy. A scientist turned gremlin buster, HELPING YOU, battle sugar gremlins, heffa-lumps
& other health horribles, through BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY. Small things can make a big difference
to your health. The discovery that weekend beers cause trouble the rest of the week,
was made when researchers threw a big party for a group of rats. The lab bash lasted three
days…… some of the rats attending the party, had an opportunity to get a little
tipsy, the rest of animals, indulged in fine food. Okay, it wasn’t that fancy, they were
fed standard rat chow, but they spent the weekend chomping. The tipsy rats were kept
liquored up by the research team, receiving 3 g/kg of alcohol per day — this set up was
designed to simulate a weekend of binge drinking. The researchers also designed the experiment
in such as way that the rats enjoying the fine dining, consumed the same number of calories
as the rats who got to “drink” the whole weekend. So the calorie intake was identical for all
the rats, but the metabolic consequences were different. When the party was over……….
for the purposes of this experiment, the party was over when the alcohol had been cleared
from the system. The researchers checked up on the rats metabolic status, specifically
how they were handling their sugars. Sugar levels were absolutely normal….. so on paper
nothing to “worry” about. BUT the rats that had been under the influence, all exhibited
significantly higher insulin levels in their blood. Now an increased insulin levels are
a sign that the animals had become insulin resistant. The insulin resistance that the
team observed, persisted for 54 hours after they stopped drinking. So the metabolic hang
over lasted for just over 2 days. So what ? Well, in a nut shell, for 2 plus days, the
rats were in fat storing mode….. So everything that was eaten, went into storage and insulin’s
preferred storage spot…………….you guessed it, the belly. Explains the beer boepie
! It also helps explain why, following a bout of beer drinking, your appetite can become
supercharged – there is nothing to burn, so you have to load up on calories just to keep
going. Although let’s just clarify…………if you overdo it, you may have to wait for the
REAL HANG OVER to pass, before your appetite kicks in. A beer belly is not exactly flattering,
but the real problem is the insulin resistance. You see insulin resistance is what causes
metabolic syndrome, that means you have high sugar levels, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
high triglycerides. So I’m sorry to tell you ………….. it’s the beer that is the problem.
Now I sound like your mother-in-law, sorry ! There is a caveat to this story, the rats
were in party mode and they did A LOT of drinking, over their weekend. A LOT. Researchers have
discovered, that little alcohol can be beneficial, the reason, it slows down things and this
helps rein in insulin. So you can have some beer, just sip it with dinner. You don’t want
insulin to have to chase after his bag, so don’t overdo it. And make sure you do what
you can to rein in those insulin levels. For more tips and advice on keeping insulin in
check………… visit the Better Body Chemistry website at www.betterbodychemistry.com. Browse
our library………..sign up for one of our free e-courses. The advice is SIMPLE to follow
and based on REAL science, not hype. Got friends or family sporting a beer belly. Nagging won’t
help, but a little education might — so spread the word by sharing this video and be sure
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Thank you so much for watching and I will see you next time on Better Body Chemistry
TV. Remember small things can make a big difference to your health.