Some unknown benefits of proper insulin sensitivity

Some unknown benefits of proper insulin sensitivity

In a fascinating research paper from Stanford University, researchers evaluated the effects of healthy and unhealthy insulin sensitivity and blood glucose levels on different systems and multi-omics in the body. Amongst all the findings, I want to highlight the following:

  • First, if you don’t have good insulin sensitivity, you won’t be able to efficiently activate your immune system in the presence of respiratory viral infections.
  • Second, if your BMI is elevated or you have pre-diabetes, you won’t be able to metabolize polyphenols, which are very healthy compounds.
  • And third, if your fasting blood glucose is elevated, you will show higher levels of lipopolysaccharides and a higher incidence of gut permeability.

This shows how important it is to achieve proper insulin sensitivity and to maintain healthy and stable glucose levels.



Nature. 2019 May;569(7758):663-671. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1236-x. Epub 2019 May 29.

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