What is Insulin Sensitivity? Insulin is a hormone secreted by your pancreas with its main function being the regulation of nutrients circulating in your bloodstream. While insulin is mostly associated with blood sugar management, it also affects how you metabolize fats and proteins. Whenever you eat food, the cells in your pancreas sense the intake of fuel and release insulin into your blood. Insulin then travels around your body, telling your cells to pick up sugar from your blood. This process keeps your blood sugar at the appropriate level. Sometimes cells stop responding to insulin correctly which means your pancreas
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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder that has undergone many changes in diagnostic criteria over the last 30 years. Previously, the diagnosis was based on the presence of polycystic ovaries (PCO): an increased number of follicles in each ovary and/or an abnormally large ovarian volume. But the multi-system involvement in PCOS has led to multiple versions or subtypes of the disorder. PCOS and PCO are associated with metabolic and hormonal dysfunction including insulin resistance and the resulting high levels of androgens, such as testosterone. The result of this dysfunction is the characteristically high number of immature follicles within the
Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder and affects a large proportion of the population on a situational, recurrent or chronic basis.[i] An estimated one third of a general population presents at least one form of insomnia and 6% to 10% meet criteria for an insomnia disorder.[ii] Prescription ‘sleeping pills’ (or sedative hypnotics) are associated with numerous side effects and according to available evidence, the risks of chronic hypnotic use outweigh the benefits.[iii] Thankfully, various natural alternatives are available. Lifestyle and diet There are several aspects of our lifestyle and diet that can be modified to improve sleep quality. For