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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.
Insulin 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 MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLois Jovanovic, MD, FACE - Endocrinology
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of:
December 7, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Lois Jovanovic, MD, FACE - Endocrinology
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