We are sick. Around the world, we struggle with diseases that were once considered rare. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes affect millions each year; many people are also struggling with hypertension, weight gain, fatty liver, dementia, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities and infertility, and more. We treat the symptoms, not realizing that all of these diseases and disorders have something in common.
Each of them is caused or made worse by a condition known as insulin resistance. And you might have it. Odds are you do—over half of all adults in the United States are insulin resistant, with most other countries either worse or not far behind.
In Why We Get Sick, internationally renowned scientist and pathophysiology professor Benjamin Bikman explores why insulin resistance has become so prevalent and why it matters. Unless we recognize it and take steps to reverse the trend, major chronic diseases will be even more widespread. But reversing insulin resistance is possible, and Bikman offers an evidence-based plan to stop and prevent it, with helpful food lists, meal suggestions, easy exercise principles, and more. Full of surprising research and practical advice, Why We Get Sick will help you to take control of your health.
|Publisher:||BenBella Books, Inc.|
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Table of ContentsContents
Foreword, by Dr. Jason FungIntroduction
Part I: The Problem: What Is Insulin Resistance and Why Does It Matter?Chapter 1: What Is Insulin ResistanceChapter 2: Insulin Resistance and Heart HealthChapter 3: Insulin Resistance, the Brain, and Neurological DisordersChapter 4: Insulin Resistance and Reproductive HealthChapter 5: Insulin Resistance and CancerChapter 6: Insulin and Aging, the Skin, Muscles, and BonesChapter 7: Insulin Resistance and Gastrointestinal and Kidney HealthChapter 8: Insulin Resistance, the Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity
Part II: Causes: What Makes Us Insulin Resistant in the First Place?Chapter 9: How Age and Genetics Influence InsulinChapter 10: How Hormones Cause Insulin ResistanceChapter 11: Obesity and Insulin Resistance, RevisitedChapter 12: Inflammation and Oxidative StressChapter 13: Lifestyle Factors
Part III: The Solution: How Can We Fight Insulin Resistance?Chapter 14: Get Moving: The Importance of Physical ActivityChapter 15: Eat Smart: The Evidence on the Food We EatChapter 16: Conventional Interventions: Drugs and SurgeryChapter 17: The Plan: Putting Research into ActionAcknowledgmentsAppendix A: My Sample Daily Exercise PlanAppendix B: Expanded Food ListsNotesIndexAbout the Author