No doubt, you all remember my fascination with insulin – a recent Google search, "chemistry of mucus," informed me of additional properties of mucus. I have always described my sinus drainage as "sweet," now I know the reason. Mucus is heavily glycosylated – the mucins have a dense "sugarcoating."
I suspect that the constant sweet mucus drainage, ever since my pneumonia at age 6, has prompted my pancreas to produce insulin nonstop. I believe this accounts for my excess insulin even though my diet now is almost entirely devoid of sugar and carbohydrates.
I suggest that any of you with similar sinus drainage, chronic sinusitis, or allergies that result in increased mucus educate yourselves, too, about the characteristics of mucus.
Phe and others have reported symptom improvement when they take decongestants; many with allergies and MS report that symptoms worsen during allergy season; I now think it is the increased mucus that accompanies colds, viruses, and the flu that is responsible for an increased secretion of insulin and, therefore, a temporary worsening of MS.
In my mind, this mucus-sugar connection seems to fit and explain some voids in the excess insulin hypothesis in explaining my case.
Just thought I would share some of my discoveries and my thoughts. I always appreciate your thoughts, too.