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Using Insulin To Build Muscle

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 >>

Control Insulin, Lose Fat And Build Muscle.. Simple

Control Insulin, Lose Fat And Build Muscle.. Simple

This is a follow on from yesterday’s post so i’d have a read of that first for full context, I hope it helps INSULIN HAS ONLY ONE REAL JOB: Similar to the handy man who can fix everything around the house but still has his regular 9-5 ‘real job’, insulin is similar in that it has loads of secondary jobs but only one main job. Its main job is to maintain safe and steady blood glucose levels around 80-100mg/dl. When glucose levels rise above 100, insulin is secreted by the pancreas and takes the extra glucose out of the blood and takes it storage. There are three types of storage depots for extra glucose: 1) Muscle glycogen 2) Liver glycogen 3) Fat cells Insulin doesn’t care where it gets stored so if you have a spill over of muscle and liver glycogen (i.e. too much glucose), its gets added to fat cells. That’s how insulin levels affects fat accumulation on the body i.e. this is how it makes you fat! THREE BENEFITS OF INSULIN! 1) BUILDS MUSCLE: As you can see above, glucose gets stored in muscle glycogen; which can allow you to workout harder for longer but insulin also stimulate protein synthesis by directing ribosomes to make more protein (protein is manufactured by ribosomes). This means that insulin is required to build muscle. 2) PRESERVES MUSCLE: Insulin also stops the breakdown of muscle. On top of being very anabolic (it helps to build muscle), it can also stop you losing any muscle you have. This same principle applies to keeping metabolism elevated. It gives your body this amazingly feedback loop of ‘the more lean muscle your body has, the faster your metabolism, which gives you more energy, which means you don’t need ‘pick me up’ foods, which allows you to train at a higher intensity, facilitating more lean muscle, thereby further increasing Continue reading >>

Insulin-like Growth Factor In Muscle Growth And Its Potential Abuse By Athletes

Insulin-like Growth Factor In Muscle Growth And Its Potential Abuse By Athletes

Skeletal muscle is an inherently plastic tissue. Evidence suggests that muscles are constantly adapting in both quantity and quality to the changing functional demands imposed by the types and amounts of physical activity routinely performed. To date, the evidence suggests that in adults, activity-induced adaptations of skeletal muscle are orchestrated by local—that is, tissue-level as opposed to systemic—mechanosensitive mechanisms, which appear to include several growth factors and hormones. Of particular recent interest is the growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) system. In the context of skeletal muscle homoeostasis, IGF-I is thought to mediate most of the growth-promoting effects of circulating GH. In addition, it appears to function in a GH-independent autocrine-paracrine mode in this tissue.1 As information on the mechanisms that modulate muscle adaptation becomes available in the scientific literature, it is tempting for athletes to apply this knowledge to enhance muscle mass, and hence function, by artificially manipulating these systems. In some cases, this misapplication of information has led to the simplistic notion that exogenous anabolic agents can be used to safely and effectively stimulate or augment muscle. Unfortunately, many of these attempts have been unsuccessful, and in truth, they ignore our understanding of the integrated nature of physiologic systems. The most obvious problem with misusing anabolic substances is that they are invariably nonspecific. Agents that can stimulate muscle cells to hypertrophy will undoubtedly have effects on other cells and tissues—for example, the effects of GH on prostatic hypertrophy. Another problem is that just as the body is made up of tissues and organs that function as an integrat 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 Bodybuilder’s Guide To Using Insulin Effectively

The Bodybuilder’s Guide To Using Insulin Effectively

Insulin is one of the most crucial hormones around when it comes to building a better physique. It plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, and is a critical player in the minutes and hours immediately following your workout. Hence, it is frequently mentioned in articles but not often explained. Here is the mini playbook on insulin. What it is Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas, and has a significant role in the regulation of fat and carbohydrates metabolism. Insulin enhances the uptake of glucose into skeletal muscle, liver, and fat tissue. Play Video Play Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Remaining Time -0:00 This is a modal window. Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Opaque Background --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400% Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow Font Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small Caps Defaults Done Although it is commonly thought that insulin is just a fat storage hormone or anti-catabolic hormone (both accurate), this is an overly simplistic view. Insulin also plays an important role in reducing appetite. In addition without insulin, a lot of the processes that occur in the body will go unregulated. For instance, breakdown of muscle protein will accelerate via a process known as proteolysis. The elevated protein in the blood is then converted to glucose, a process known as gluconeogenesis, and the end result is hyperglycemia. Lypolysis (the breakdown of fat) will also go unabated resulting in excess Continue reading >>

Insulin And Bodybuilding

Insulin And Bodybuilding

Humalog - fast acting insulin for bodybuilding Many bodybuilding athletes prefer to bring their fast acting humalog insulin with them to the gym, injecting in the locker room or car immediately after a workout. Mutant's Insulin Protocal taking a pro bodybuilding trainer's pre-workout insulin protocal, combined with 3 supplement shakes and designed my own Insulin Protocol to better suit my goals and bodybuilding training routine. Insulin: The Overview the most anabolic hormone produced by the body, insulin. Additionally, insulin has the benefit of being not only legal and over the counter in most states, but it is very cheap. Why Insulin works Should anabolics be used with insulin or is it best to use insulin while off steroids in order to hold onto muscle mass? Insulin and Bodybuilding Insulin is almost the perfect drug to increase stamina or endurance for athletes. It is readily available, cheap, difficult to detect and actually enhances performance. But it can be lethal Insulin Tips For Bodybuilders using insulin to help add muscle to your frame? This drug is very effective, but not something that should be casually taken. Insulin delivers more muscle gain than any other drug in the world Directions for first time insulin users Insulin is the most anabolic hormone you can take. On the other hand its also one of the most dangerous for two reasons availability and ignorance. Directions for first time insulin users by anabolicdiabetic To move your dose higher in order to find your ideal dose, go up by one unit per day. A very general guide would be to consider between 10 and 15 units as your pre-determined upper limit Insulin and Carbohydrates Discussing the different classifications of carbohydrates, and how the body regulates blood glucose levels as it pertains to insu 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 >>

Optimizing Insulin Sensitivity For Muscle Gain And Fat Loss

Optimizing Insulin Sensitivity For Muscle Gain And Fat Loss

There's more to insulin sensitivity than eating 6 meals per day. Learn how to fully optimize insulin sensitivity to build muscle and lose fat. Bodybuilding is one of the toughest sports there is to train for. It's not for the casual trainee. It’s a constant and grueling uphill battle filled with dedication and determination. Training, nutrition, supplementation, rest, and recovery must be planned out seven days a week, 365 days a year. The only goal is to maximize muscle while stripping bodyfat to single-digits; bodybuilders have chosen to pursue an extremely difficult and testing lifestyle. One of the toughest parts of bodybuilding is finding the balance between shredding and building at the same time. So how do you find that perfect balance between massive and cut? Fortunately there are a few often-overlooked, but simple tricks; they are unquestionably the most important things any serious lifter must to do – the surprisingly simple steps to radically improving your insulin sensitivity! Developing a lean, muscular physique without first taking into account the many ways insulin sensitivity can be improved is like trying to run a marathon with no aerobic conditioning: you will fail. Insulin sensitivity is one of the crucial parts of bodybuilding to go the distance and developing a head-turning appearance. Insulin Sensitivity The regulation of blood sugar is one of the most important bodily processes for both general health and wellbeing, and muscle-building. Blood sugar is regulated through the pancreas, which secretes insulin whenever a certain amount of sugar is detected in the blood. Once released, insulin stimulates the absorption of sugar into muscle and fat cells; think of insulin like a key that opens the door for glucose. Decent insulin sensitivity encourag 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 >>

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 >>

Using Insulin To Your Advantage To Build Muscle And Lose Fat

Using Insulin To Your Advantage To Build Muscle And Lose Fat

Using Insulin to Your Advantage to Build Muscle and Lose Fat When it comes to building tons of muscle, too often, tons of fat accompany it. This is why it is considered by many that it is impossible to do both at the same time, although you do have more control than you think. A lot of that control involves the powerful hormone insulin, who can make or break a physique, depending on what you do. Without a doubt, insulin could be considered the key that dictates muscle growth, and speed of recuperation, along with nutrient uptake. But in that same breath, however, is insulin’s “darker” side, the one that makes it incredibly easy for you to get fat. See, insulin is a powerful storage hormone, one that is recruited when we eat foods, primarily carbohydrate heavy ones. Depending on the exact timing of insulin release (such as upon eating in the morning, or after your workout, just a random snack in the middle of the day), the excess carbohydrates may be shuttled to different locations. For example, upon waking in the morning, and after a workout, glycogen levels are lower than normal, allowing insulin to shuttle sugar into the liver and muscle cells, and be stored as more glycogen. However, glycogen stores are not infinite, and are filled relatively fast; begging the question “what happens to excess sugar?” They are then sent to fat cells, who have a much greater capacity for storage, and ta-da! Are converted to fat. See how simple it is for sugar to promote fat gain? Luckily, by taking advantage of glucose portioning agents, safe and effective supplements, you can temper the speed by which insulin gets to work, reducing the possibility of rapid muscle, liver or fat cell saturation. As mentioned, glycogen stores as small, and filled quickly. It’s like loading ga 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 >>

How To Build Muscle With Diabetes

How To Build Muscle With Diabetes

Editor’s Note: Phil Graham (BSc, CISSN) is a certified sports nutritionist and competitive body builder. Learn more of his training tips on his site Diabetic Muscle and Fitness. This is a basic overview of how muscle tissue is built and the important considerations people living with diabetes need to make in order to maximize their muscle growth potential. This advice is suitable for anyone interested in improving the look of their body or for the professional bodybuilder and athlete looking to increase performance. How do you build muscle? Lift heavy weights? Consume enough protein? Get enough rest? Pretty much! Generally speaking, these behaviours can be classified into two distinct categories: Stimulus Recovery Stimulus Throughout our life, muscle mass increases as we age up until a certain point. This is naturally dictated by our day-to-day activity, genetics and the influence of key hormones. Everyone has the potential to build muscle. However, some people want to build more muscle than others. This is largely for aesthetic and sporting performance reasons. To accelerate muscle growth, there needs to be a stimulus. Weight-resistance training serves as the perfect stimulus for muscle growth. While the body’s muscles are challenged on a daily basis through movements like squat, deadlift, press and pull. Not many of these movements are loaded heavily or frequently enough to stimulate substantial gains in muscle mass. This is where scheduled weight training comes into play. Through frequent training exposure, the body adapts itself to deal with loaded movements by increasing its physical strength through newly acquired muscle mass. Load and training frequency are the limiting factors to muscle growth; however, for the body to make the most out of a regular laoded t Continue reading >>

The Role Of Insulin In Bodybuilding

The Role Of Insulin In Bodybuilding

Not too long ago, insulin would only be brought up in a discussion if the theme was diabetes. This is because insulin is the hormone that transports glucose from the bloodstream into the cells, and diabetes consists of the loss of ability to control blood glucose levels. However, insulin is much more than a mere hormone that controls glucose. For starters, it is highly anabolic, which also means it is essential to build muscle tissue. Nonetheless, insulin has a bit of a dark side as well, since it can make us store more fat. Therefore, the challenge is to learn how to boost insulin secretion, to optimize the recovery from trainings and to boost the muscle growth process, while preventing it from making us store more fat at the same time. What is insulin? Insulin is a protein that is produced and secreted by the pancreas whenever we have carbohydrates, protein, or both (provided that the pancreas is working properly, that is). However, unlike proteins, that act as building blocks of the muscles, insulin is a functional protein, much like growth hormone. Just like all other proteins, insulin consists of a series of chained amino acids. However, the way this chain is lined up makes it act as a signaling mechanism, rather than as a building block. How does insulin work? Secreted by the pancreas, insulin goes into the bloodstream and is carried to several tissues, including the muscle tissue. Muscle fibres (or cells) are surrounded by insulin receptors, a little like a docking station. Once the insulin molecules get in contact with the receptor, it signals the muscle cells to open their “doors”, allowing glucose, amino acids, and creatine to penetrate the muscles. This process is one of the main reasons why insulin is so important in the muscle building process. Moreover Continue reading >>

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