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Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is when normal amounts of insulin are not sufficient to move glucose through the bloodstream. When this occurs, the fat, muscle and liver cells do not use insulin appropriately. To try to combat this issue, the pancreas will produce more insulin, resulting in a build up of glucose in the bloodstream.

If you are insulin resistant, that means that your tissues have difficulty utilizing insulin, the result being high blood glucose (commonly called high blood sugar). Insulin resistance and impaired pancreatic beta cell function can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance is thought to be genetic is some cases, but in most cases is attributed to excess weight and a lack of exercise.

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