Insulin Resistance and Diabetes….

Updated on April 6, 2016 in General Questions
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Insulin Resistance and Diabetes.

I keep hearing about insulin resistance and diabetes. I know that my body produces less insulin but what exactly does Insulin Resistance stand for?

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A condition in which the body needs extra insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Along with abnormal insulin secretion, it is a hallmark of Type 2 diabetes.

Ordinarily, insulin prods the liver to decrease its production of glucose. It also helps the body’s fat and muscle tissues use glucose in the blood for energy. Insulin resistance generally takes two forms: the liver may produce too much glucose, or the body’s tissues may not use glucose from the blood efficiently.

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Insulin resistance can occur even before someone develops Type 2 diabetes. In the early stages, the pancreas secretes extra insulin to compensate for insulin resistance, so blood glucose levels remain in the normal range. Eventually, the pancreas may be unable to keep up with this extra demand, blood glucose levels may begin to rise, and Type 2 diabetes may develop. A growing body of research suggests that any degree of insulin resistance can increase a person’s risk of heart disease, even if the person does not have Type 2 diabetes.

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My doctor has prescribed Metformin to me, how does that work in my body to help my condition?

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Some oral pills used to treat Type 2 diabetes, including glyburide (brand names Micronase, DiaBeta, and Glynase), glipizide (Glucotrol, Glucotrol XL), glimepiride (Amaryl), repaglinide (Prandin), nateglinide (Starlix), sitagliptin (Januvia), saxagliptin (Onglyza), and linagliptin (Tradjenta) lower blood glucose levels by boosting insulin secretion. Others work by helping the body to overcome insulin resistance. Metfomin (Glucophage and others) works primarily by decreasing the liver’s glucose production. Pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia) work primarily by making muscle and fat tissues more responsive to insulin, so that they use glucose more readily.

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Hi Anita, Are you a doctor?

on April 6, 2016

Haha, No. I just read a lot and have access to lots of books, I read a lot of health related books and articles.
But thank you Sarah, I take that as a compliment!

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I have added Yoga to my daily routine. Weight loss and exercise, which have long been known to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, appear to help fight insulin resistance as well. I feel so much better now.

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