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Understanding Insulin Resistance and What You Can Do About It

September 1, 2019

Hey, Dr. Berg here. I’m going to talk about insulin resistance. I’m going to make it really, really simple,
so just track with me. Here’s what happens. Your pancreas, which is located in the left,
lower quadrant, right by your rib cage, makes a hormone called insulin and insulin responds
to sugar. In other words it’s triggered by a sugar or
anything that turns into sugar, so anything sweet and anything, like even refined grains
can trigger insulin, and it kicks in there and it goes into your cells. Then, what it does is it removes the sugar
from your blood, so that’s the purpose is to lower the sugar. Normally, in our blood, we need about 100
milligrams per deciliter, and basically what that means is you can just take and focus
on the 100, so when you get your sugar test and your blood should be like a 100. The goal is to make it 100. Anything higher is bad. Anything lower is bad. We need a 100. When it’s at 100, you’re at your mental best. You’re feeling the best but when it goes high,
you get what’s called diabetes, so diabetes is the high sugar situation. When the blood sugars go low, that’s hypo-sugar
or hypoglycemia, okay. That’s kind of a pre-diabetes state. When I was twelve, I had hypoglycemia. I remember skipping a meal and feeling really
dizzy and irritable and cranky, playing outside and I don’t know what it was but, of course,
I was living on pure sugar. I would raid the cupboards and eat pure sugar
all the time. That’s really what causes hypoglycemia because
what happens is you eat all this sugar and we get this hyper reactive, high insulin state,
which is going to like take a sledge hammer and push that sugar right down, so we’re going
to have low sugar, irritable, cranky, craving, dizzy, all those things. Now what happens over a period of time, when
you’re hypoglycemic over a period of time, your body doesn’t like that so it’s going
to say, “Stop,” so it’s going to try to protect itself and it’s going to turn off the receptor,
the thing that receives, so it’s going to ignore that insulin response, so it’s not
going to receive it anymore. Someone’s talking but no one’s listening,
and that’s called a down grade or a blocked receptor, so it doesn’t receive as much as
it did before, and that’s what insulin resistance is because it’s your body, your cells are
resistant. It’s inhibiting this absorption because it’s
saying, “Dude, why do you keep eating sugar. Would you please stop?” What happens when this happens is it forces
insulin to go higher because it’s compensating, it’s on a feedback loop here, so insulin resistance
forces your body to make make more insulin to create the same effect because without
this insulin, this sugar stays high and your body does not like that, so it has to lower
it somehow, so it’s just going to wear the pancreas out. Diabetes is really a situation where you have
high sugar and it won’t come down to 100. We already passed the hypoglycemic thing. We’re, type II diabetes is insulin resistance
and because of the, you’ve been eating too much sugar. When this becomes like that, your body protects
you and several things happen as a consequence, in addition to jacking up more insulin. Number two, you’re going to be hungry. Why? Because insulin has a few other purposes. It not only lowers the sugar in your blood
but it also helps you absorb the nutrition in your cells, so the nutrients, fatty acids,
proteins, vitamins, so without insulin you can’t get the nutrition in your cells, so
guess what you’re going … You’re going to be hungry all the time. You’re not going to be satisfied. You eat but it doesn’t really go in, so you
have this fat person that’s starving to death. You can’t get healthy like that, and then
you’re also going to crave carbs like crazy. Just so you know, if you’re craving carbs
or sweets, it is literally impossible to burn fat, so every time that you’re craving, you’re
not burning any fat. Don’t worry. I’ll show you how to fix that. We’ve got cravings, hunger and decreased nutrition,
and that’s why, over a period of time, diabetics end up with all sorts of health problems. They go blind. They get their feet start getting, destructive
nerves, so it’s called peripheral neuropathy and they get tingly in the feet and the hands,
and they just kind of go down hill. Then also, this condition is going to prevent
the storage of sugar. It’s called glycogen, which basically is a
stored sugar in your liver and your muscles, so we need that to live off of when we’re
sleeping, between meals, and so if we can’t store the sugar as much anymore, what happens
is we end up having all sorts of problems with storing more fat, if we’re not storing
sugar we have to store more fat so you’re going to keep getting fatter and fatter and
fatter. Also, in between the meals, because you can’t
have a storage of sugar, you’re going to have too many highs and too many lows, so it’s
going to come up and down too much. It’s the storage of that sugar that maintains
a nice level sugar, and especially noted with you get up in the morning, after not eating
for eight hours. There’s a couple things I want to cover. Let’s go back to this sugar. We need 100 milligrams per deciliter. That would equal about five grams of sugar. That’s like a heaping teaspoon of sugar in
your entire body, on an average person, they only need a teaspoon of sugar but not consuming
sugar, but from the food that converts to the sugar, even protein and fat can convert
to sugar, so we need about one teaspoon of sugar. We don’t need more than that. Check this out. An eight ounce, typical can of soda, an eight
ounce typical glass of orange juice, is about thirty-nine teaspoons of sugar. Okay, so now we went from five to thirty-nine. That’s a tremendous stress on the pancreas. Oh my gosh. What you’re doing is you’re just wearing the
thing out. It’s creating whiplash of your pancreas, and
because the pancreas has two parts, one is a hormone part and the other is an enzyme
part, called the exocrine gland, you’re going to start having all sorts of digestive problems,
including possible pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas. Tension in your upper digestive system, bloating
for sure, maybe even pain that goes around in your back, undigested proteins. You can’t digest protein anymore. All sorts of bowel problems, I mean you name
it. It creates a lot of problems. Now, the body is trying to protect itself
from too much insulin so it’s going to block the resistance, the receptor, create more
resistance in there, and then the sugar’s going to go high, so apparently the body is
going to protect the cell and not necessarily the blood. That’s why the blood starts filling up with
sugar and that’s where you get all this extra fat and triglycerides and cholesterol. In other words, triglycerides are blood fats,
and because the cell can’t absorb nutrition anymore or protein or fat, it’s going to dump
around the rest of the body as, in the blood as blood fats, out of post tissue and cholesterol. Those are the effects of this situation. We’ve got this hypoglycemia thing, which is
high sugar, and then the receptor becomes resistant so it doesn’t absorb it anymore. That’s type II diabetes, that creates all
sorts of problems, and then down the road you end up with diabetes type I and in type
I the pancreas is already asleep. It can’t produce this anymore, so now you
have to be injected because the sugars are going higher and higher and higher and your
insulin can’t keep up to lower them. Yes, there are other causes of diabetes type
I, auto-immune, but the question is what causes auto-immune, that’s another video. The point is that type I diabetes is the worst
situation because now you completely ran out of this whole situation and now you have to
be injected or take insulin. What do we do about this? What can be done? Well, there’s a couple things you can do. Number one, we need to lower insulin. We need to lower insulin. That has to be a primary goal. Doctors do not emphasize this enough. What they do is they give you insulin. They don’t put enough attention on the diet. They don’t realize that in a diabetic situation,
in a hypoglycemic situation, if the person’s craving, they should not be consuming any
sugars, zero. Don’t give the person recommendations like
everything in moderation. That would be very bad, zero sugars. They can do substitute sugars like Zilotol,
Stevia but they can’t afford to continue to eat more sugar or juice, so number one we
avoid things that trigger insulin, and then we also can increase other things too, primarily
potassium. Why? Because potassium will help lower insulin,
help you store sugar and you want to get it from the food, so you would need to consume
at least seven to ten cups of vegetable or the Cal Shake I recommend because it has all
the potassium in it, you can make it. I show you how to, on my website, how to make
that. Seven to ten cup of vegetable to get your
potassium that will also really help cravings because it’s going to lower insulin. Number two, you want to increase vitamin B1
but really, the other B complex is vitamins too but I recommend getting this, not from
a pill, but from nutritional yeast. Why? Because nutritional yeast is a great form
of natural B vitamins that will greatly assist in lowering insulin. Why? Because when you consume all this sugar, you’re
actually dumping all your B vitamins and your potassium out through the urine, up to fifteen
times more than if you didn’t have this problem, so you’re losing all this. Don’t worry. Consuming nutritional yeast won’t give you
a yeast infection. All right. The last thing I want to recommend would be
protein. Because protein is a nutrient and it’s blocked
from the cell, you’re probably going to be deficient in protein so you need to have protein
especially for breakfast, okay. That’s very important because if you don’t,
then at the end of the day your blood sugars are going to be so far off that you’re going
to need, the need for insulin and medication is going to be much, much greater. I hope I helped you understand this and one
last point. Insulin stops fat burning, in the presence
of insulin you will not burn fat, so the goal is to lower insulin and to a normal level. I hope this helped. See you in the next video.


  • Reply tea_rex87 May 21, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    so i have 40% chance to get diabetes but is it high or low risk? i mostly eat snacks everyday and having a 39,7 inches waist and am a man

  • Reply GreyWhiteBlue May 25, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Why are our bodies so poorly designed??? If sugar intake is so bad, why is our body absorbing it in the first place? If the body does not need it, why not just let the excess sugar pass straight through?

  • Reply Mary-Ann Roy May 25, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Protein, B 1 and Nutritional yeast. Got it!

  • Reply Tom Sawyer May 29, 2019 at 12:14 am

    We all need to learn from Dr. Berg. So we can be in control of our bodies. Tax dollars go to INSURANCE COMPANIES, BIG PHARMA, DOCTORS, SOCIAL SERVICES, ETC. the sad part of social services is the patients do not realize that the drugs are leading down the path to death. I have a friend who is on all kinds of meds for diabetes. I have tried to share some info. But she is resistant to it.

  • Reply Queen Pierce June 1, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Very educational

  • Reply Jorge Fierro June 1, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    My doctor is trying to kill me 🙁

  • Reply Coco Bean June 3, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Lower than 100 is bad? I feel best at around 75-80. I always considered my sugar on the high end of it gets around 100.

  • Reply Amalia K. June 5, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Best video ever on this subject if you ask me. Thank you so much, and keep up the good work. I believe you alone, Dr Berg, probably help people more than hundreds of medical doctors put together, literally.
    Best wishes from Sweden

  • Reply Encaso De June 7, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Very important information… oh God you are great . What about of reactive hypoglycemia? AnyDoctor know about this terrible condition. I can see the problem is also potassium?… thanks Dr. you are very important in the life of de people. Thanks.

  • Reply Justin DeFouw June 10, 2019 at 2:31 am

    stop snapping that marker.

  • Reply Audra Fuller June 12, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Where do you get the balance number of 100?
    Hypoglycemia begins below 70 and it’s not technically classified as a danger unless consistently under 60/50.
    A consistency in a fasted state of 75-90 is fantastic!

    Over 100 is a caution to get your nutrition in line, it doesn’t automatically mean you’ve got diabetes.
    Come on ! The verbiage is very important to those who don’t know the details….don’t exaggerate to this degree !!

  • Reply H I June 12, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Can a person with hashimotos consume nutritional yeast?

  • Reply Ian_Carlo Santos June 13, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    If A body has to many insulin. Why patients need more insulin? I'm confused

  • Reply Alita June 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Does he mean you should eat zero sugar or Every carbohydrates? ?

  • Reply Syed Mohiuddin June 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Dr Berg, you should be a doctor bro, you know everything about a human body ?

  • Reply Firewheel Farm June 14, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Dr. Berg, keeping it one hundred!

  • Reply maplegingko June 15, 2019 at 6:01 am

    How to get fasting insulin down to 5?

  • Reply Butterfly Soul June 16, 2019 at 11:50 am

    This is very interesting. I was wondering about those people out there who have reversed diabetes with a raw high carb (fruit sugar) and low fat diet, because they seem to do really well too doing things that way, although I know that wouldn't work for everyone as some people do amazingly on keto. It's strange though, because they're both total opposite sides of the spectrum.

  • Reply A R June 16, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    How long does it take to reverse insulin resistance using keto and intermittent fasting?

  • Reply Gopal Krishna June 17, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Potassium from Kale : B-vitamins from Nutritional yeast: Protein from what natural source would u recommend?

  • Reply noon nony June 18, 2019 at 10:45 am

    رجاءا نريد ترجمة هذا الفيديو لأنه هام جدا . رجاءا

  • Reply Lou Hermelin June 19, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Hi doctor Berg , since I am on keto diet now 3 months , my insulin levels have gone up, also my cholesterol, the bad one the good 9ne etc.. my liver tests are worse than ever ! What have I done wrong ? Thanks ?

  • Reply juergen bertram June 20, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Bananas (one or two) as sugar substitute (with the cappuccino), especially for the potassium increase also ?

  • Reply Rockie mountin June 20, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Dr Dr, yes patient,eating sugar, no patient ,are you sure, yes patient, open your mouth, hahahaaa

  • Reply Saad O. June 25, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    May God bless you ??

  • Reply Michael Jon June 26, 2019 at 4:05 am

    gatta keep it 100

  • Reply Ali Arsenal June 26, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Ahh. Now I know I have Insulin Resistance since a while ago. When I feel hungry and I eat a meal, I still feel missing something and that something ain't gonna be satisfied unless it's sweet. So, how to stop this and how long do I recover from IR? How can I consume a tea spoon of sugar? My coffee needs 4 teaspoon of sugar. I think Stevia taste weird.

  • Reply Zaori June 27, 2019 at 8:38 am

    i think, you are a real doctor, and not one of those who studied and "think" they are a dcotor but don't know anything about how the body works.

  • Reply Kelly Clover June 27, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I have had high triglycerides for many years. I am overweight. I am 66. But neither diabetes, nor pre-diabetes has ever materialized.

  • Reply Mia Freya Wood June 29, 2019 at 5:07 am

    My question is if insulin resistance means that the cell is resisting the naturally produced insulin and doesn’t allow absorbance of sugar into the cells, what is the point injecting more insulin?

  • Reply Hank Nelson June 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I keep hearing different normal level numbers. 70-80-90- 100. 100 must be the Quan of perfect homeostasis.

  • Reply Broke B!tch Health June 30, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I learned so much about my insulin resistance in just this short video than I have in my whole life.

  • Reply HELEN Sarkisian July 3, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    How much I need of Nutritional yeast daily I am diabetic number 2 ????

  • Reply Syed Hussain July 3, 2019 at 11:47 pm


  • Reply ambokozo July 4, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I can't get my kids off sugar,they don't understand the dangers,any one with suggestions?

  • Reply Ponte Vedra July 6, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Doc, can one become resistant to supplements after time?? merci, ana maria

  • Reply Nerion de Villa July 7, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Doctors should just not tell patient to be compliant with medication but also with the diet.

  • Reply Vickie K. Doty July 8, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I am diabetic, having fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, high cholesterol, candida, high triglycerides. I am 5’ 10” and weigh 230.. My waist is 50”. I don’t want to loose weight just the belly fat. With so many things wrong I don’t know where to know my body type is adrenal. HELP

  • Reply Mrugesh Raulji July 10, 2019 at 5:29 am

    My body is too thin and I am suffering from depression and anxiety. Can please tell me what is the problem?

  • Reply Finn Maksvell July 10, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Can anyone PLEASE tell me how many grams is 1 cup of salad ?

  • Reply tawilk July 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    everyone is burning fat all the time. it's literally part of how our body produces energy. actually, burning both sugar and fat all the time. the ratios of which is higher or lower depends on a multitude of variables.

  • Reply tawilk July 12, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    news flash; your body burns more than 5 grams or 20 kcalories of sugar a day….. it's not just about the sugar in your blood, but what's used in your body. maybe looking into heart rate and CO2 expulsion to get a better idea of what your body is actually doing.

  • Reply Lilly Pod July 12, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Most important sentence:" In the presence of Insulin you will NOT burn fat."  I avoid anything that overstimulates the pancreas like satan himself. Greens, Proteins, Fats and the raw juice of 2 organic lemons a day. I fast 16-18 hours daily. I am a completely different person than I was 9 months ago.

  • Reply Arun Panchareddy July 16, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, the rarest of doctor ever seen who sees issues from its cause and curing naturally.

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  • Reply Mindy De Britos July 17, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    That is crazy about the soda…..Oh my God…I am glad I dont drink juices of sodas….My great drinks are water and herbal teas…………….thanks for sharing………MINDY

  • Reply Ayan Hurusw July 18, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Great information thanks

  • Reply Don Don July 18, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Sniff cocaine

  • Reply Here 24 July 19, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Hi Dr. Berg, I have a question: is it possible that a person doesn't technically have insuline resistance (so blood sugar levels decrease as normal) but because of frequent meals /eating too often, too much, still has the symptoms of it?

  • Reply Malika Gritt Mortensen July 19, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    But type 1 is autoimmune and from what I know a type 2 is created from poor food choices so I don't understand how type2 can become type 1

  • Reply lastknowngood0 July 19, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Who wants to eat 5 to 7 cups of vegetables Doc Comon?

  • Reply Chriss V July 19, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    HI. I´m a very skinny mom and have back pain and cystic acne. I don´t eat a lot of sugar. Is it possible that I have Insulin Resistance? Thank you

  • Reply Kea Lee July 19, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Greetings Dr Berg i have pcos and i cant understand what insulin resistance has to do with it , if you have time could you make a video to explain please ? This video is everything you need to know about insulin resistance that doctors wont tell you ??‍♀️ thanks ! Very instructive and informative.

  • Reply Martin July 22, 2019 at 1:35 am

    It can be so hard to limit sugar intake for kids. They constantly crave it.

  • Reply Salima Zourba July 23, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Can you make an update of this video?

  • Reply Batman and Ethan Ethan July 24, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Thank you so much for your kindness. Your better than any doctor I've ever paid for. I really appreciate your clear explaining. Your a gift from above. Thank you??

  • Reply ThisGhostfish July 25, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Nothing but love for you my man

  • Reply SpringBunny '99 July 27, 2019 at 8:32 am

    QUESTION! I don't know if you would answer though.

    I'm 20 and i have pcos. My menstrual cycle is all over the place. I'm not even menstruating once a month. I have insulin resistance because my doctor already told me this. I already take hormone tests. I'm not fat either. I'm like 43kg. What am I suppose to do? Because everything just contradicts each other and I'm confused.

  • Reply Minarose July 30, 2019 at 5:20 am

    omg I laughed so hard my favorite lines in this video are " a fat person who's starving .. and don't worry consuming nutritional yeast won't give you a yeast infection. LOL

  • Reply Bluegrass Arts Anne August 1, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Dude, would you quit eating sugar ??

  • Reply Jenny McBride August 3, 2019 at 12:54 am

    My glucose is 110 but I don't eat sweets or refined carbs. Only whole grains occassionally but mostly veggies, legumes. How can I combat IR? It can't be diet related. I am not overweight at all.

  • Reply Steven Kangup August 4, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Infromative and current. May I use some of your videos for health education purpose? Thanks

  • Reply G G August 8, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    You need to just take care do your pancreas!! Drinking aloe vera with papaya juice 2-3 times a day will take the Inflammation out of your pancreas plus not drinking too much alchohol and not eating too much fats!

  • Reply Linda Klase August 10, 2019 at 11:25 pm


  • Reply anant Dixit August 11, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Make a video on glucose and fructose

  • Reply Mike Butcher August 12, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    What about dextrose post workout ?

  • Reply Galliano Marr August 12, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    So I am a glutenfree sugarfree Vegan, I was always thin but had a big belly. I think I am insuline resistent. What is the solution when I already dont eat sugars, should I stop eating sweet potatoes or carbs or what? Please help.

  • Reply Ixtlander ` August 13, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    I love you Dr. Burg

  • Reply Artistry R. Rene' August 15, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I wish my doctor's had told me and explained this to me. I have had high cholesterol levels, sugar levels – type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease for years oh and Autoimmune issues. This short video has given me more information than any other doctor has given me. Thank you

  • Reply HEADBANGRR August 17, 2019 at 3:08 am

    WOW! I've never known how insulin works until now. THANK YOU Doctor, GREATLY explained and this video!

  • Reply Liliana B August 17, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    How much berberine should I take for hypoglycemia? … nutritional yeast? ….magnesium citrate and potassium citrate in vitamin form? Thanks for your response in advance!

  • Reply alejandra1911 August 20, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you so much. None of the doctors I have had, told me to quit on sugar! I've been keto for 1.5month and I already lost about 16 pounds.

  • Reply WhiteMale August 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    11:32 this is so half-assed, "insulin stops fat burning"
    so how do you get to 0 insulin?

  • Reply Lorne Beck August 28, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Keep it 100 Dr berg!

  • Reply Div Chap August 30, 2019 at 12:29 am

    What if you're having natural sugars, eg, kiwi fruit or strawberries and oranges. I work out a lot so use a lot of natural sugar when I train

  • Reply Ma Damn August 31, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Dr. Berg you are the best❤️❤️

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