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Diabetes, Bodybuilding And Insulin: The Facts

Diabetes, Bodybuilding And Insulin: The Facts

Diabetes, BodyBuilding and Insulin: THE FACTS Insulin and bodybuilding are often considered best friends. Bodybuilders understand the important role insulin plays in performance and recovery by transporting key nutrients into cells, as well as reducing muscle protein breakdown. Quite often the man-made form of the drug (injectable insulin) is regularly abused by non-diabetic competitive bodybuilders to boost muscle mass and performance. Quite often the man-made form of the drug (injectable insulin) is regularly abused by non-diabetic competitive bodybuilders to boost muscle mass and performance. In this article, I want to discuss the key roles insulin plays in bodybuilding and also dispel the common myth that people with diabetes who use injectable insulin are at a marked advantage for building muscle and strength. This article is suitable for anyone that is serious about weight training and building muscle. Nutrients On The Move. Carbs, protein, fat and micronutrients flood our digestive system after a meal and increase levels of circulating nutrients in the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, our cells have evolved a number of integrated mechanisms that allow for the immediate use or storage of these nutrients. For example; carbs can be stored as glycogen, amino acids can be used to build new muscle, and fatty acids can be stored as adipose tissue under the skin. For all of this to happen, nutrients must be sensed both in the blood and in the tissues. This includes depletion and surplus. There are many different mechanisms and hormones involved, many of which are well beyond the scope of this article. However, I want to focus on one of the main players, insulin. Insulin: Roles and Functions in Bodybuilding Insulin is a glucose-storage-stimulating hormone made by the Continue reading >>

Insulin: The Most Powerful Drug For Muscular Bodybuilding – Part 1

Insulin: The Most Powerful Drug For Muscular Bodybuilding – Part 1

Ask any of the elite who has become truly massive beasts which anabolic substance has had the most profound effect upon their physique and the answer from the largest bodybuilders will unanimously be insulin. Though GH has been brought to the forefront of competitive stages, the well retained, lean muscle mass displayed beneath the onion skin exterior of today's top bodybuilders is owed to the relationship insulin has with all other physical enhancement chemistry. Insulin, my friends, is what has made beasts what they are in the new millennium. Right now, I'd like to present an excerpt from Chemical Muscle Enhancement by the anabolic steroid Guru Author L. Rea. The excerpt "Big Fat Bastards and Insulin" is about, using the storage hormone insulin for making the absolute most amazing gains possible. But watch out! Although highly anabolic to muscle, insulin is also highly anabolic to fat and if used improperly, it can be deadly. Big Fat Bastards and Insulin -- Part One Nothing in this article is intended to take the place of advice from a licensed health professional. Consult a physician before taking any medication. Ask any of the elite who has become truly massive beasts which anabolic substance has had the most profound effect upon their physique and the answer from the largest mammals will unanimously be insulin. Though GH has brought to the forefront of competitive stages the well retained lean muscle mass tissue displayed beneath an onion skin exterior of today, it is the symbiotic relationship insulin has with all other physical enhancement chemistry that has made beasts what they are in the new millennium. Insulin is predominantly a storage hormone in that it initiates a cascade of cellular events that result in up-regulation of cellular nutrient content. It obvi Continue reading >>

Bodybuilders And Insulin

Bodybuilders And Insulin

The practice of non-diabetic athletes injecting themselves with insulin is apparently also being embraced by track-and-fielders and other athletes seeking to build endurance, says Dr. Warren Willey, a physician specializing in family and sports medicine. The southeastern Idaho doctor became aware of the problem several years ago when he saw a non-diabetic weightlifter pass out outside a restaurant. Willey ran back into the restaurant, grabbed some packets of sugar and poured them into the young man's mouth. The bodybuilder recovered and acknowledged taking insulin, which he said had helped him gain about 10 pounds and increase muscle fullness. After writing a firsthand account of the experience in the Physician and Sportsmedicine magazine, Willey has gotten inquiries from patients on how and whether to take insulin and from physicians asking about how patients abuse the hormone. Up to 10% of bodybuilders may be using insulin, according to a recent report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Bodybuilders openly discuss how to use it on muscle-building sites on the Internet, where advertisers also sell insulin and the syringes to inject it, and several cases of comas and fainting have been reported in medical journals. Roberto Marcelletti, a personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder in Jersey City, N.J., wrote to Ironman magazine to protest the "largest and most shredded competitors" he'd ever competed against in a 2001 bodybuilding competition. "I know GH [growth hormone] and insulin are being used and are undetected by urine samples," he wrote. In a recent telephone interview, Marcelletti said he believes that the use of insulin is growing, putting him at a disadvantage in competitions because he never uses it. "It's being pushed upon amateurs," Marcelletti sai Continue reading >>

The Muscle-building Messenger: Your Complete Guide To Insulin

The Muscle-building Messenger: Your Complete Guide To Insulin

Years ago, insulin was only discussed in reference to diabetes. Insulin is the hormone that drives glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells, and diabetes is the loss of the ability to control blood glucose levels. Yet insulin is so much more than a hormone that controls glucose. For one, it's highly anabolic, which means it's critical for building muscle. Insulin also has a dark side, because it can increase fat storage. The challenge is to learn how to spike insulin to optimally recover from workouts and grow, while also blunting it to stay lean. Do you know all the facts about insulin and how to use it to your advantage? Don't be so sure. If not, my insulin guide will teach you how. Insulin And Muscle Insulin is actually a protein, and it is produced and released by the pancreas whenever you eat carbs, protein, or both. (That is, if the pancreas is working properly). Yet unlike the proteins that are the physical building blocks of muscle, this is a functional protein, much like growth hormone. Like all other proteins, insulin is a chain of amino acids strung together. But the way this protein chain is folded makes it act more like a signaling mechanism than a building block. From the pancreas, insulin enters the blood stream and travels to various tissues, including muscle tissue. The muscle fibers (or cells) are lined with insulin receptors, similar to a docking station. Once the insulin molecule docks onto the receptor, it signals the muscle cell to open up gates. This allows allow glucose, amino acids, and creatine to enter the muscles. This process is a major reason why insulin is so important for building muscle. Another reason is that when insulin docks onto the muscle cells, it instigates biochemical reactions in the muscle that increase protein synthesis, Continue reading >>

Use Cinnamon To Improve Insulin Sensitivity

Use Cinnamon To Improve Insulin Sensitivity

Cinnamon not only tastes great, but it improves insulin sensitivity… While many of us know spices like cinnamon, tumeric, chili pepper flakes, and ginger as mere flavor boosters, they once had medicinal uses. In fact, the molecular structures of many drugs are based on natural substances. Cinnamon is an example of an everyday spice that has an impressive roster of benefits, primarily due to a substance it contains known as “cinnamaldehyde“–the molecule that gives it its signature taste and odor (and the sweeter and more pungent the cinnamon, the more cinnamaldehyde it has). Cinnamaldehyde can do some fun things like kill bad breath and repel insects, but its value goes much deeper than that. It has exhibited a wide variety of health benefits including anti-carcinogenic properties, the reduction of LDL (“bad cholesterol”), and the potential to fight the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, but in this article I want to focus on one benefit in particular that has a direct impact on your physique. This benefit relates to insulin sensitivity. What is Insulin Sensitivity, and How Does Cinnamon Affect it? When you eat food, your body breaks it down into various substances, one of which is glucose, or blood sugar. Your pancreas releases the hormone insulin into your blood, which tells your liver, muscles, and fat tissue to take the glucose from the blood and store it. Your liver and muscles store the glucose as a substance known as glycogen, and your fat cells store it as as a substance known as triglycerides. The storage of glycogen expands the size of muscle cells, and the storage of triglycerides expands fat cells. Now, in healthy humans, cells are sensitive to insulin. That is, they respond to insulin properly by taking in the glucose that the insulin is trying to s Continue reading >>

The Facts About Insulin

The Facts About Insulin

Insulin is one of the most misunderstood hormones in your body. There are some diet plans that say to keep it as low as possible and there are some bodybuilders who want a lot of it, there are those who inject it for survival but the wrong dosage can send you into a coma. Is insulin as deadly as some say it is? What is the real truth? In this article I’ll separate fact from fiction so you can determine for yourself if this is the cause of all evil in your body or what can help you perform at your peak. What is it? Insulin is one of the most powerful hormones in the body. For starters, it regulates the carbohydrates, fats and proteins that are in the blood. When there is too much sugar (glucose) in the blood the body will regulate this by causing the pancreas to produce insulin. The insulin will then lower the glucose level by absorbing it into the body. This is something that is necessary, since too much glucose in the blood can be toxic. The body can also make insulin if too much protein is detected in the blood. The glucose can be stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver. When the blood glucose levels fall, the body can convert the glycogen back to glucose and use it as energy. The insulin can also cause the excess glucose to be stored in your adipose (fat) tissue as excess body fat. When insulin levels spike too quickly, usually it will be the fat tissue that will absorb the extra glucose. This is why you don’t want too much sugar when you are trying to lose weight. Insulin and Weight Loss Yes… insulin is very good at creating stored fat, so if you are trying to lose weight you need to keep your insulin levels in check. That is a fact, but what the heck causes this fat gain to happen? The reason insulin is very good at increasing body fat is because it doesn Continue reading >>

Insulin

Insulin

Insulin History and Overview: When it comes to hormones and supplements that are ustilized for maximum aeffect, one of the most popular kinds in the professional bodybuilding circles as well as medical circles is insulin. It has a tremendous amount of benefits that can help people in so many ways, but despite this fact, there are those that take matters into their own hands and use the likes of insulin to maximize gains and make muscle-related strides that just wouldn’t be possible otherwise. It should be noted that compared to other sorts of hormones, insulin is extremely powerful. Given that it’s an anabolic, it can create tissue rather easily, but it should be noted that it is used exogenously by those that cannot normally produce it, but when it is used by athletes, it’s strictly for the purpose of building lean tissue. It is a very dangerous hormone when abused, so any use, recreational or otherwise should be strongly cautioned regardless of the circumstances. Similar to the use of injectable testosterone and other hormones, the first synthesized examples of insulin use were back in the 1920s. Back then, most insulin was extracted from the pancreases of cattle and dogs. One of the major issues, however, was the fact that these samples were often not very pure, making purity control a problem that could have dire consequences. But regardless of purity issues, people were willing to risk infection or death during this time period. Insulin treatment was often the only recourse people with diabetes had, and of course, diabetes without insulin treatment can mean terrible health issues and even death. This is primarily why by the 1970s, when the purity issues with insulin were solved, it was a major milestone for not only insulin but other exogenous treatments in g Continue reading >>

Does Taking Insulin Make You A Better Bodybuilder If You Have Diabetes?

Does Taking Insulin Make You A Better Bodybuilder If You Have Diabetes?

BodyBuilding, Insulin and Diabetes If you’re into bodybuilding you’ll be aware that injectable insulin is often used in conjunction with anabolic steroids to maximise muscle growth and recovery. As a type 1 diabetic, natural bodybuilders and the general public can mistakenly assume you have an unfair bodybuilding and muscle growth advantage due to the fact you administer injectable insulin post workout similarly to non-diabetic bodybuilders using insulin as an anabolic aid to facilitate the delivery of carbohydrate, amino acids and other nutrients like creatine into muscle cells. TAKING INSULIN AS A DIABETIC (OR NON-DIABETIC) DOES NOT GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE TO BODYBUILDING. Bodybuilders with type 1 diabetes can face an uphill battle when it comes to getting in shape. Exogenous insulin is given as medication to supplement their complete lack of endogenous (internal) insulin production. Check out the short video below. I discuss the common myth that type 1 diabetic bodybuilders are at a muscle building advantage. I also share with you key strategies I use to increase protein synthesis and reduce the catabolic effect of hyperglycemia – a common side effect of poorly controlled diabetes. Continue reading >>

Insulin As A Drug Of Abuse In Body Building

Insulin As A Drug Of Abuse In Body Building

It is well publicised that a substantial proportion of professional and amateur body builders have been, or actively are, engaged in pharmacological manipulation of their physiological status in order to become more competitive in their field. Athletes are routinely subjected to drug testing, and, as the number of drugs that are detectable increases, some athletes may be tempted by newer, less well proven, but undetectable drugs, as illustrated over the past decade with the use of erythropoietin and growth hormone. As tests are developed to detect their use, there is greater pressure to find alternative drugs. CASE REPORT A 31 year old man presented to the emergency department having been found unconscious at home. On arrival he was diaphoretic, breathing spontaneously, with a Glasgow coma score of 6/15 (no eye opening, no speech, withdrawing to pain). Initial observations included respiratory rate of 20, pulse of 100, blood pressure 165/75 mm Hg, oxygen saturations 96% on 10 litres O2, and the bedside glucometer reading was “low” (confirmed as blood glucose 0.6 mmol/l). He was treated intravenously with 50 ml 50% dextrose, with immediate clinical improvement. Investigations performed at admission subsequently showed respiratory acidosis (pH 7.26, Pco2 9.9, Po2 11.5) and biochemical evidence of dehydration (urea 11.4 mmol/l). After the improvement in his clinical condition, we established that he was not a diabetic but was in fact a body builder who was dieting before a competition. He stated that he regularly used insulin three times a week to help increase his muscle bulk, but the previous day he had used a different type of insulin (fast acting) from usual. He also admitted to concurrent use of “steroids”. He was admitted to our observation ward where he made Continue reading >>

Insulin For Bodybuilders

Insulin For Bodybuilders

Insulin is a peptide hormone that is secreted by the pancreas. It regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates and fat in the body, and promotes protein synthesis and glucose utilization. Designed for use by people with insulin disorders such asPCOS, Insulinoma, metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus, biosynthetic "human" insulin is taken by injection. Video of the Day Insulin helps to volumize each cell. This is why insulin is considered to have an anabolic effect. Bodybuilders take it to increase stamina and improve endurance. Additionally, it is used to increase muscle bulk because it stimulates glycogen formation, which feeds the muscles during a workout. Finally, insulin works to prevent the breakdown of muscle protein, which also helps a person bulk up with muscle. How To Use Typically, users inject insulin three times daily -– immediately upon awakening, mid-day, and then immediately following a workout -- for a total of 15 to 45 IUs. The three types of insulin used the most include Humalin “N,” Humalin “R,” and Humalog. Each of these is used at different times of the day and at different times during the bulking cycle. The injection may be done intravenously, subcutaneously, or intramuscularly. The most common site of injection is the abdomen. High-glycemic index foods such as jelly beans, honey, glucose tablets, maltose, or dates are consumed with the injection to prevent the blood glucose level from going too low. In addition, a very rigorous diet must be followed to see the benefits and to decrease the risks involved. Improper use of insulin can lead to the person developing diabetes mellitus, long-term organ damage, coma, or death. Symptoms of insulin shock include sweating, a clammy feeling, paleness, hunger, anxiety, trembling, rapid heartbeat, fa Continue reading >>

Dangers Of Using Insulin As A Bodybuilding Application

Dangers Of Using Insulin As A Bodybuilding Application

by Josh Hodnik Insulin is considered by many to be the most anabolic hormone present in the human body. While this has been debated, insulin’s potent muscle building ability cannot be questioned. Years ago, insulin was only discussed in regards to treating diabetes. Insulin was first administered to diabetic patients in 1992. At this time, insulin was extracted from animal sources. Commercial forms of bovine (beef) and porcine (pig) derived insulin were developed in 1963, but neither form are identical to human insulin. Bovine derived insulin differs from human insulin by three amino acids in configuration, and porcine differs by one amino acid. These differences in structure are detectable by the immune system, which results in allergic reactions or rejection of the insulin. Synthetic forms of human insulin have since been developed, and they have been much more successful treating diabetes. Insulin is a functional protein that is released by the pancreas when carbohydrates or protein are consumed. Insulin then enters the bloodstream and travels to various tissues, including muscle tissue. Acting as a key, insulin opens the gates to the muscle cells. This allows glucose, amino acids, creatine, and other nutrients to enter the muscles, which helps to aid in muscle repair and growth. Insulin will attach itself to muscle cells, where it causes reactions that increase protein synthesis and decrease muscle breakdown. Insulin may influence muscle protein synthesis through an upgrade in cellular hydration. Insulin promotes an increase in cellular mineral- transport systems, allowing potassium, sodium, and chloride to enter the cell. This leads to muscle cellular swelling, which increases protein synthesis and muscular pumps. The pancreas releases insulin when calories are c Continue reading >>

The Insulin Advantage

The Insulin Advantage

Here's what you need to know... If you think bulking and cutting are seasonal, think again. By controlling your insulin you can allow your body to build muscle and burn fat daily. Muscle is made of protein. To build muscle, your body must synthesize more protein than it catabolizes. Insulin is responsible for muscle growth and the storage of muscle glycogen. Excess insulin production will lead to the storage of body fat and the inhibition of fat burning. To build muscle and burn fat on the same day, manipulate your insulin production by consuming carbs strategically. Prioritize carb consumption around workout time. Daily Manipulation Forget the idea of the seasonal "bulking" and "cutting" phases that the newbies love to talk about. Instead, bulk and cut throughout the day, maximizing muscle gains while controlling body fat. How? By manipulating insulin. Depending on your background, you probably think of insulin as either the anabolic Holy Grail or the natural enemy of fat loss. Which is it? Insulin is Like a Weapon It's human nature to label something as good or bad, but this myopic outlook often does us more harm than good. Those wanting fat loss call insulin the "bad" hormone that's making us chubby by inhibiting fat burning and increasing fat storage. Those wanting muscle growth call insulin the anabolic and anti-catabolic phenomenon. How can one hormone be a fat boy's nemesis and a skinny boy's best defense? The truth is, insulin is like a weapon: it can hurt you or help you. And the good news is we can accurately predict how insulin will act. Know Your Opponent Insulin is an anabolic hormone. In fact, it's even more anabolic than growth hormone. The problem? It's indiscriminately anabolic and doesn't care whether it helps with the building of muscle or the accumul Continue reading >>

Insulin Insight: The All-important Hormone Insulin Can Be Your Best Friend Or Worst Nightmare

Insulin Insight: The All-important Hormone Insulin Can Be Your Best Friend Or Worst Nightmare

What’s one of the most written and talked-about hormones in the body, yet one that utterly confuses the average person? Insulin. As the hormone that drives glucose into cells (including muscles), it used to be discussed only in regard to diabetes. But insulin is so much more than a mechanism for controlling glucose; because it’s highly anabolic, it’s critical for bodybuilders. Insulin Factor Yet insulin has a dark side, too: It increases the storage of bodyfat. Fact is, you need to spike insulin to grow but also blunt it to stay lean. It can all get a bit confusing, and it’s high time we set the record straight. Make sure you know all the facts about insulin specifically, how and when to use it and avoid it to build a lean, muscular physique. Our insider’s guide will give you all the must-know details. Getting To Know Insulin Insulin is actually a functional protein very similar to growth hormone. Like all other proteins, it’s a chain of amino acids, but the way insulin’s chains are folded makes it act as a signaling mechanism. Here’s how it works: When you eat carbs and/or protein, insulin is produced by and released from the pancreas, enters the bloodstream and travels to various tissues, including muscle. Muscle fibers (or cells) are lined with insulin receptors, which resemble a docking station. Once an insulin molecule “docks” onto the receptor, it signals the muscle cell to open “gates” that allow glucose, amino acids and creatine to enter the muscle. It also instigates biochemical reactions in the muscle that increase protein synthesis the building of muscle tissue from the amino acids that are entering the cells. But wait, there’s more: Insulin also reduces muscle breakdown, further promoting growth. So if insulin is so important for bu Continue reading >>

Does Insulin Stimulate Muscle Growth?

Does Insulin Stimulate Muscle Growth?

You probably heard about insulin before. It’s the hormone that’s released when you eat those tasty carbohydrates and that makes you fat. At least, that is what all your diet books have told you right? But if insulin is so bad for your physique, then why do bodybuilders inject insulin? Well I’m glad you asked. Insulin 101 One of the main functions of insulin is too keep your blood sugar under control. Your body can become resistant to insulin and this results in diabetes. In recent years, insulin has gotten a bad name as ‘’the evil storage hormone’’. Insulin is demonised as a hormone that stores the food you eat as body fat and prevents your body from using body fat as a fuel. This is principle where most low carb diets are based upon: eating less carbs results in less insulin release, which results in less body fat. While that sounds nice in theory, things are nowhere near as simple as that. A topic I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot about in the future. So a lot of people are afraid of insulin because they think it’s bad for their health and weight. Yet many dedicated gym rats intentionally try to increase insulin levels through food strategies or even injections because they think it will help them build muscle mass. But are they right or wrong? Insulin and building muscle Chances are if you have the guts to read one of my research reviews, you’ve been reading about fitness for a while. In that case, I’m wondering what you currently believe the effect of insulin is on building muscle? Is it extremely effectively, totally useless, somewhere in between? Second question: how sure are you of your answer? Because not all scientists agree with each other on this question. Simply because there’s quite a few studies saying it’s working, but just as man Continue reading >>

Insulin

Insulin

Insulin is a highly anabolic and powerful hormone produced by all human beings and is essential to a well-functioning individual. Although produced naturally by the human body, insulin is often administered exogenously to those suffering from diabetes. Some performance athletes also use it in an effort to grow lean tissue. However, off-label use can be potentially fatal; extreme caution is advised. Although all human beings naturally produce insulin, exogenous insulin first appeared in the 1920’s. This was not a synthetic model, but rather extracted from the pancreas of dogs and latter cattle and pigs. While purity was a major issue of concern, the use of exogenous insulin was highly praised as it would save the lives of numerous individuals. Diabetes without insulin treatment can easily be fatal, and while animal extract isn’t pure any impurity issues were considered worth the risk when death was the alternative. However, by the 1970’s purity issues had been greatly resolved, and in 1975 Ciba would introduce the first batches of synthetic insulin to the market. A few years later in 1982, the synthetic version would be perfected even more with the introduction of Humulin-R, which is a perfect copy of human insulin and approved by the FDA. Insulin Functions & Traits: Insulin is produced by the pancreas and is officially classified as a peptide hormone. On its functional basis, insulin is responsible for the utilization and regulation of glucose, amino acids and fatty acids. It is also responsible for preventing the metabolic breakdown of glycogen, fat and protein. For the diabetic patient, there are two types of diabetes that can make insulin necessary. Type I diabetes patients, normally a condition that occurs naturally, do not produce enough insulin on their own Continue reading >>

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