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World Diabetes Day - 2011 - What is Insulin Resistance? Are you at risk or could you possibly alread

Sunday, November 13, 2011
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What is Insulin Resistance? Are you at risk or could you possibly already have it!
Insulin resistance (IR) is a condition in which the body may produce sufficient insulin but the receptor sites are blunted, so insulin is not used properly. This causes a rise in both serum insulin as well as glucose. Medication is given to sensitize the receptor sites and help in absorption of the glucose.

Insulin resistance increases the risk of developing pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease and must be treated immediately.



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16 November, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle - the global symbol for diabetes. The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution. The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the colour of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic. Find out more about the blue circle at

29 November, 2010 | Hemavathi Lokesh | Reply

Hemavathi Lokesh Are women who have Insulin Resistance, also prone to PCOS? My height is 165 cms and weight is 68 kgs. I have been prescribed metformin and it looks like its not helping me. I exercise regularly and have lost about 10 kgs in a year, eat fairly healthy. Please advise.

30 November, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Dear Hemavathy ,
Hyperinsulinemia is a fundamental disturbance in many women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Some women with this syndrome have 'metabolic PCOS' ,a pre-diabetic state.There is a lot of evidence that high levels of insulin contribute to increased production of androgen, which worsens the symptoms of PCOS.
So I suggest you go to a gyn as well as a diabetologsit and continue exercising as you can see its helping you.It would help you immensly if you enroll with us as we can help you handle it better with a proper

25 November, 2010 | shyamala | Reply

shyamala Like Diabetes can even thin people get metabolic syndrom eor insulin resistance? My husbands family has a history of Diabetes but he is thin, and exercises on & off.

28 November, 2010 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Hello Shyamala,
Yes, thin people can also get IR and metabolic syndrome. It's good that your husband exercises regularly. But, since he has a family history, he must get an annual health check up to ensure that all his parameters are within normal range.

25 November, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Insulin resistance precedes the development of type 2 diabetes and a healthy diet and regular exercise can prevent it.

2 important studies that looked at the prevention of type 2 diabetes, one in Finland and the other in US (DPP study), showed that patients who could not control their blood glucose levels i.e they had insulin resistance, reduced the development of diabetes by 58% or so when they made positive changes in diet and exercise.

25 November, 2010 | Jagmohan | Reply

Jagmohan Is insulin resistance a reversible condition?

28 November, 2010 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Hello Jagmohan,
Studies have revealed that lifestyle modifications, exercise and loss of weight can help in reversal of Insulin Resistanc. Exercising helps by making muscles less resistant to insulin. These modifications also help in warding off the development of type 2 diabetesbecause all IR patients are prone to it.

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