10. Insulin Is Also Very Important
Insulin is a hormone in charge of metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It is most known for its role in metabolizing sugar, as people who are insulin-deficient can develop diabetes and must take great care to monitor their sugar levels. Focusing only on body types can blind someone to the importance of insulin. When insulin levels are chronically high, the body loses sensitivity to insulin, so higher levels are needed. This imbalance can quickly affect every part of the body’s metabolism and lead to different illnesses, including diabetes. However, insulin levels that are too low can mean that the body is not getting sufficient nutrition (via Mayo Clinic).
Supplementing the information about your body type should explain how your body is responding to insulin. Ideally, you want your body to be sensitive to insulin so that not as much is required. Ectomorphs and mesomorphs generally have better insulin function. That is, as long as they do not have any other conditions that could be hampering their insulin levels. Endomorphs will want to limit carbs because carbs can quickly cause weight gain and because carbs can cause insulin levels to spike. If you are an endomorph and having trouble losing weight, insulin may be the culprit; check with your doctor (via Everyday Health).