What is DCI?
DCI is what is known as a secondary messenger in the insulin signaling process and is considered an insulin sensitizer. When you eat food, sugar is extracted and goes into your blood. Your pancreas releases insulin in response to the sugar. The insulin tells the cells of your body to either burn the sugar for energy or to store it as fat for later. As the sugar level goes down, the insulin level goes down as well. Insulin doesn’t communicate directly with the cells, however. It communicates through a secondary messenger made out of DCI.
Another important thing that happens to women when there is insulin in your blood: the ovaries release testosterone in response to the insulin. This is natural. As the sugar is disposed of, the insulin level goes down and the ovaries stop releasing testosterone.
DCI is not abundant in diet. It is scarce in foods, so your body must make it from myo-inositol, which is abundant in many foods. But, the transformation is a complicated process with many steps that some people are not able to do very well. As a result, they don’t have enough DCI and the sugar doesn’t get disposed of quickly.
If you don’t have enough DCI, the insulin level stays high, which means that the gonads keep producing testosterone. This high level of testosterone is the origin of many of the signs and symptoms of PCOS—anovulation (not ovulating), irregular or absent periods, ovarian cysts, unwanted body hair, hair loss, belly fat, acne, infertility, etc.
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