health & wellness

What Causes Insulin Resistance?

BP World Bureau | Dec 14 2019
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Insulin resistance is a part of the metabolic syndrome that precedes the development of type 2 diabetes. This happens when cells in our muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond to the hormone insulin that allows cells to absorb and use glucose. Excess weight and lack of physical activity are major factors that cause insulin resistance.

This condition is associated with other medical conditions like fatty liver, arteriosclerosis, acanthosis nigricans, skin tags, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOs), Hyperandrogenism, growth abnormalities and reproductive abnormalities in women. Insulin resistance can be treated by lifestyle modifications and medications.

Research shows that blood glucose and insulin levels are normal for type 2 diabetes patients until the insulin resistance develops. This is often associated with central obesity, cholesterol abnormalities, or high blood pressure (hypertension). The need for insulin can be reduced by altering your diet. Avoid unrefined sugars, white bread, unrefined corn and potato products.