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What should I do if I have insulin resistance?

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If you already have insulin resistance, it helps to: 

  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity (like brisk walking) five or more days a week. If you're not active now, work up to that.
  • Get to a healthy weight. If you're not sure what you should weigh or how to reach a weight loss goal, ask your doctor. You may also want to talk with a nutritionist and a certified personal trainer.
  • When you eat, favor fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, legumes, and other lean protein.  

Some people with insulin resistance may also need to take metformin. 

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. Diabetes Care, 2006. 

Eberly, L. Diabetes Care, 2006. 

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. Diabetes Care, 2006. 

Eberly, L. Diabetes Care, 2006. 

Azadbakht, L. Diabetes Care

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on July 1, 2019

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