The single biggest hormonal disorder we face is insulin resistance. One in two Americans has pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes and 75 percent are overweight—all suffering from too much insulin, which is the direct result of the loads of sugar and flour we consume. That insulin overload creates a domino effect. It drives all those excess calories into fat cells that in turn produce messengers that increase hunger, slow metabolism, prevent fat burning, and spike inflammation.
Americans eat nearly a pound of sugar and flour a day, which may partly explain why life expectancy is going down for the first time in history. The other problem is just too much food. We never give our engines a rest. Snacking, late-night eating, and binging are American pastimes.
In women, too much insulin turns estrogen into testosterone. The result is something misleadingly called polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is not an ovarian problem; it is a dietary problem. The extra testosterone in women also causes hair loss, facial hair, acne, infertility, and others.
In men, the testosterone gets converted to estrogen, which is why men with big bellies often have man boobs, low testosterone, impotence, loss of hair on their bodies, and more. It's no fun. The same high sugar and starch diet also spikes cortisol. When you eat a sugar-laden diet, your body literally sees it as stress, just like when a bear is chasing you. Adrenaline and cortisol increase, worsening insulin resistance and increasing cravings for sugar and starch. Eating a whole foods, good fat, plant-rich, fiber-rich, low glycemic, and phytonutrient-rich diet can assist with curving this.