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What does insulin resistance mean?

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Insulin resistance means your body can't respond properly to the insulin it makes. Over time, this sends up your blood sugar levels. That can set you up for type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease, but it doesn't have to. Exercise and a good diet can help you stay healthy.

From: Insulin Resistance WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "All About Insulin Resitance."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: “Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes.” 

The American Heart Association: “The Heart of Diabetes: Understanding Insulin Resistance.” 

Sundstrom, J. , 2006.  Diabetes Care

Eberly, L. , 2006.  Diabetes Care

Azadbakht, L. .  Diabetes Care

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on July 1, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "All About Insulin Resitance."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: “Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes.” 

The American Heart Association: “The Heart of Diabetes: Understanding Insulin Resistance.” 

Sundstrom, J. , 2006.  Diabetes Care

Eberly, L. , 2006.  Diabetes Care

Azadbakht, L. .  Diabetes Care

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on July 1, 2019

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