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Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is a characteristic of type 2 diabetes, but not everyone who has insulin resistance (IR) will develop diabetes. It is usually genetic in origin and tends to run in families. Other factors that can contribute to developing insulin resistance include: inactivity, poor dietary habits, and excess weight gain (which came first –IR or the weight?).

Insulin resistance basically means that the body is making poor quality insulin and has to make more insulin than usual to control the amount of glucose in the blood. Unlike people with diabetes, the insulin resistant person is able to control the amount of glucose, but it has to work much harder and it is a stress on the hormonal system.

Some Symptoms of Insulin Resistance