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Insulin resistance refers to the inability of the body
tissues to respond properly to
insulin. Insulin lets sugar (glucose) enter body
cells, where it is used for energy. Insulin also helps muscles, fat, and liver
cells store sugar to be released when it is needed. If the body tissues do not
respond properly to insulin, the blood sugar level rises.
resistance causes the
pancreas to release too much insulin
(hyperinsulinemia). It may also cause the
liver to release too much sugar into the blood.
Several things may increase insulin resistance, including:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLois Jovanovic, MD - Endocrinology
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lois Jovanovic, MD - Endocrinology
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