Life requires energy. Each of the trillions of cells in our bodies must convert fuel to energy in order to stay alive.
The ability to switch between glucose and fatty acids as fuel is called metabolic flexibility, and it's crucial to good health. Failure to switch appropriately impairs everything from glucose tolerance to appetite regulation, and creates a hormonal environment that promotes lean tissue catabolism, fat gain, and psychological stress.
Understanding metabolic flexibility, and consequences of its failure, is key to understanding the metabolic syndrome -- for researchers attempting to isolate its causes, and for individuals addressing their own metabolic issues.
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