How Does Insulin Resistance Happen

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12 Signs Of Insulin Resistance

Most people think about diabetics when they see the word insulin, but problems with insulin can occur in a number of different conditions, in people with normal blood sugar. You have probably heard of insulin resistance; it is a significant health problem because it’s associated with an increased risk of obesity, heart attacks, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cancer and other serious conditions. People with insulin resistance usually have excessively high levels of this hormone, because it doesn’t work properly. We are seeing an increasing number of patients who have been diagnosed with insulin resistance by their own doctor, yet they don’t fully understand what this term means. How would you know if your insulin level is too high? There is a blood test that can measure your fasting insulin, but it isn’t always reliable and many doctors are not willing to order this test. This is a shame because elevated insulin is bad for your health and shortens your lifespan. Insulin has many important roles in your body. People with too much insulin in their bloodstream are said to have insulin resistance, syndrome X, metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes. They are all interchangeable terms. Continue reading >>

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  1. David Brandt

    When I was diagnosed I was a teenager who weighed 120 pounds. I don’t remember my height at the time but I was pretty skinny. At my heaviest I was 313 pounds and 6 feet tall. As my weight increased, I needed to take a lot more insulin to keep my sugar within an acceptable range. I don’t know if that’s insulin resistance or something else, but it sure seems like it to me.

  2. Gwen Sawchuk

    The causes of Type I and Type II are different.
    Type I is caused by destruction of the cells that make insulin. Often by the time the disease is diagnosed, around 90% of the cells are already destroyed.
    That is why insulin is always the only treatment.
    Type II involves insulin resistance. And because the cells that make insulin are still somewhat functioning, other metabolic efforts can be made, such as losing weight, increasing exercise, and dietary changes.

  3. Ron Hunter

    There is a pretty fine balance for type 1 diabetics between insulin toxicity and glucose toxicity. If a type 1 has a diet of too many glucose producing foods, they must up their insulin levels to compensate. Over time too much insulin in the body makes the tissues less sensitive to the insulin. Probably the first marker is being a type 1 diabetic and being obese.

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