What Is Normal Insulin Resistance Test Range?

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Insulin is a protein-based hormone that is secreted by the islet cells in the pancreas. When the pancreas senses an increase in blood glucose levels, it releases insulin, which is responsible for putting the glucose into the cells to be used as a type of cellular fuel. Without insulin, the cells would starve from having a lack of energy. If you have insulin resistance, it means that, while the pancreas is putting out insulin, the cells of the body cannot recognize it and the glucose levels rise in the bloodstream. If the blood sugar becomes too high, it means that you have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. People with polycystic ovarian syndrome and metabolic syndrome also have insulin resistance. No one knows why insulin resistance occurs. It is believed to be somewhat related to being obese or overweight; however, people who do not exercise enough can also develop insulin resistance, even if they are not overweight, The Effects of Insulin Resistance Rarely would one have any symptoms from having insulin resistance, especially if the disease is in its earliest stages. A person can suffer from insulin resistance for many years and might not know it, particularly if the blood glucose Continue reading >>

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  1. Vanessa05

    Insulin Resistance levels question...

    Hello all,
    I'm new here. I was recently (approximately 3.5 weeks ago diagnosed with having insulin resistance (and it all started by going to the dermatologist). This summer turned out to be brutal to my face and I was getting cyst like acne on my chin. From basic google searches I suspected that it might be PCOS, and when I went to the dermatologist and he ordered some tests including blood tests to check my insulin and an ultra sound, I was diagnosed with PCOS due to Insulin Resistance. A little background on me. I'm 28 (soon to be 29), around 5'3" and have been the same weight for more than 10 years (125lbs to 130lbs). Now I've always been non-active per se. From time to time, I would exercise, in the past couple of years the most exercise I've done is walk to the subway, and back so you could say I led a sedentary lifestyle and often skipped meals, eating only once a day, usually late at night (horrible, I know). I was the kind of person that actually lost weight by eating chocolate. I've read a lot of information everywhere, and how to hopefully take control of your diet so I won't get diabetes. My grandmother on my dad's side has it. And in early 2010, I went to my doctor to get tested for diabetes as I thought I might have it (rapid weight loss for no reason - did I mention I'm a bit of a hypochondriac?) but everything came out normal. So far from everything I'm reading, I'm not finding much information on lean people (I would consider myself average weight - not necessarily lean) but my doctor still wants me to get down to 114 pounds. I've been eating mostly veggies, fruits, and protein and healthy grains such as quinoa. I've also been exercising (walking at first, i've started to incorporate jogging) and pilates. Do to my previous lifestyle, I can assume those choices being key factors in my diagnosis, I just happen to have a good metabolism therefore didn't really gain weight. But all of my "fat", which there is, is centered around my belly.
    When they did the blood tests for the insulin, I know the normal is 2.6-24.9, and mine came out at 32.27 (obviously higher than normal) but does anybody know how bad that is? I am not finding any information regarding this.
    Also, I was sick with a crazy cough/cold when they did the blood tests and even though I didn't eat anything prior, I vaguely remember taking a cough drop right before the blood tests. Would that have affected it? This was a one time test, no wait 2 hrs and take more blood. I'm still trying to learn so much but there is so much information out there. I am also on glucophagen (metformin) to help the IR for the PCOS. I'm hoping with meds, exercise and eating healthy I can really prevent diabetes.
    Thanks so much in advance

  2. furball64801

    Hi and welcome to DD just a few things, your headed in the right direction but remember fruits raise bs so do not overdue it. The walking can do wonders for you, your IR might be helped by losing weight my mom and aunt were very thin type 2s my aunt is still alive and all of 85 lbs but she is pretty short. Give the glucophage about a month it should help, if you get stomach upset let the doc know about it. I also have to tell you there are thousands of opinions on diabetes just use your meter to tell you how foods and exercise affects you.

  3. Nicoletti

    Originally Posted by Vanessa05
    When they did the blood tests for the insulin, I know the normal is 2.6-24.9, and mine came out at 32.27 (obviously higher than normal) but does anybody know how bad that is? I am not finding any information regarding this. Vanessa, what was the name of the test that was done? You should be able to easily search for info based on the name of the lab test.

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