The Signs of Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body's cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance can lead to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other metabolic health issues. It is important to be aware of the signs of insulin resistance, as early detection and treatment can help prevent the development of serious health complications.
Here are some common signs of insulin resistance:
- Excess abdominal fat
- Blood pressure readings of 130/80 or higher
- A fasting glucose level over 100 mg/dL
- A fasting triglyceride level over 150 mg/dL
- HDL cholesterol level under 40 mg/dL in men and 50 mg/dL in women
- Skin tags: Small, fleshy growths on the skin, particularly in areas where skin rubs against skin, such as the neck or armpits
- Patches of dark, velvety skin
If you are experiencing any of these signs, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can help determine if insulin resistance is the cause and recommend appropriate treatment options. Early detection and treatment of insulin resistance can help prevent the development of serious health complications.
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