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    Insulin - adds fat or adds muscle?

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    Why is insulin sometimes portrayed as a fat storage hormone, but other times, insulin is said to be used for building muscle? I know that sometimes bodybuilders will abuse insulin to "cheat" their way to easy muscle growth. How does it work that insulin can do both? How do I get insulin to work toward my goals and not against them?

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    You bribe it with candy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rxc View Post
    How does it work that insulin can do both?
    Most hormones do lots of things. How it works is both muscles and fat cells have insulin receptors. It's a hormone that works to increase body storage and growth in general, both fat and muscles. And lots of other effects.

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    I don't quite understand it, but this seems pretty thorough: http://www.steroid.com/Insulin.php
    29 years old, type 1 diabetic with insulin resistance -- HORRIBLE a1c, and borderline cholesterol problems. Carb addict.

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    bump... i am interested in this discusson if anyone has anything to offer... where molecular grok biologist at???

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    Quote Originally Posted by avocado View Post
    Most hormones do lots of things. How it works is both muscles and fat cells have insulin receptors. It's a hormone that works to increase body storage and growth in general, both fat and muscles. And lots of other effects.
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    Insulin in particular does a billion different things.
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    Like everyone said all hormones do multiple things. Especially hormones like insulin, cortisol, and adrenaline, which are necessary for life. But the question you asked is simple:

    Insulin stores nutrients. Whether you think so or not, storing fat is storing calories and nutrients. So is building muscle. People might throw their spin on it, but in the end, it's a storage hormone.

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    how does inulin relate to glucose relate to anabolism?

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    High blood glucose -> insulin release -> anabolism.
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