Insulin Resistance: Overview
Insulin resistance is the disorder whereby the body’s muscle cells “resist” the insulin in the processing of glucose. This resistance is typically a prominent feature of Type 2 Diabetes, where insulin resistance (mainly in skeletal muscle cells) means that glucose in the blood is not properly processed by the body, leaving blood sugars too high. Surprisingly, this means that diabetics with Type 2 Diabetes often have high levels of insulin in the blood (“hyperinsulinemia”) but the body simply cannot use that insulin to get rid of the sugar in the blood. Not all types of Diabetes have insulin resistance; Type 1 Diabetes is a lack of insulin, and there are also insulin-deficient subtypes of Type 2 Diabetes.
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- Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and the less severe of the two most common forms
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name
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- Hyperinsulinemia: Hyperinsulinemia refers to having a high level of insulin in the blood stream. It is also called simply “high blood
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- Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes is also known as Juvenile Diabetes and its full medical name is Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
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- Insulin: Insulin is a prescription medication used mainly in the treatment of Diabetes, particularly Type 1 Diabetes. Insulin also has some
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