Jun 14, 2021
Welcome to another episode of
the Fertility Confidence podcast. I am your host, Dr. Kelsey Duncan, naturopathic doctor, and the founder and
creator of the Fertility Confidence method.
In today’s episode, we are
talking about Insulin, the overlooked and under-discussed hormone
that does, in fact, have an impact on our
This is part one of this
conversation focusing strongly on Insulin resistance, what it is,
how and why it develops and which options we have to test and
address. So please do join us again next week for a deeper
discussion into what we can do post-testing for Insulin
Here are the main topics of
- What is Insulin?
- Insulin resistance - is anybody
- How and why insulin resistance
- PCOS and Insulin resistance
- Test, don’t guess
My sincerest thanks for pressing
play today. Join our growing community of strong, hopeful women,
each on their own fertility confidence journey; as well as those
that are listening to gain the knowledge and understanding needed
to support them via the Fertility Confidence Instagram
or through our Facebook
group Be Hormonally Confident with
If you could do me the honor of
hitting the subscribe button, leaving a review, and sharing the
podcast with a friend that needs to hear these conversations, I
would be forever grateful.
Curious about how you can work
with me and my team?
Book your free clarity call here.
- “Insulin is produced in the pancreas in
response to glucose entering the bloodstream. It's like the
cellular gatekeeper, to use glucose as fuel.
- “Insulin is not bad, it has to be there. What
makes insulin a potential issue is when insulin resistance starts
- “What happens when insulin resistance starts to
develop? It's almost as if glucose is knocking and knocking and
knocking on the door. And after that 10th annoying knock, insulin
is just going to stop answering. That cell is now resistant to that
signal. It's no longer listening to the way that it
- “It's pretty common for women with PCOS to also
be insulin resistant but it’s not a diagnostic requirement ...
meaning not all women with PCOS have insulin resistance and not all
women with insulin resistance have PCOS”
- “If you've been told you have PCOS, but nobody
has properly assessed for insulin resistance, please, please do.
You may be missing a huge piece to treatment, especially fertility
- “One of the biggest impacts insulin resistance
can have is on ovulation, elevated levels of insulin in the
bloodstream. Around the ovary, it can impact follicle, maturation
and increase ovarian production of testosterone and higher levels
of androgens around the ovary.”
- “High levels of insulin impact the maturation
of the placenta, the health of the placenta, which is crucial in
that first trimester of pregnancy.”
- “Insulin resistance inflammation is a physical
body stress and can cause hormonal