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Glucose, Insulin Resistance

Look out for these signs of insulin resistance

September 05, 2023

The pancreas is responsible for releasing insulin in our body to regulate blood sugar. Insulin resistance occurs when the body’s cells no longer respond well to the hormone insulin. This causes a person to develop high blood sugar, and may lead to a myriad of health problems. Below are six signs that you may be insulin resistant. 


1. High blood sugar levels 

Insulin resistance causes the body to produce more insulin to try to lower blood sugar levels, but over time, the body may not be able to keep up. This leads to elevated blood sugar levels. 


2.  Fatigue

When insulin resistance is present, the body may not be able to use glucose effectively for energy. This can lead to feelings of fatigue or low energy. 


3.  Increased hunger

Insulin resistance may cause the body to feel hungry more often, even right after eating a meal. This is due to the body’s inability to use glucose effectively. 


4.  Weight gain

Insulin resistance can cause the body to store more fat, particularly in the abdominal area. This leads to weight gain. 


5.  Skin changes

Insulin resistance may cause dark patches of skin, called acanthosis nigricans, to develop on the neck, armpits, or groin area.


6.  High blood pressure

Insulin resistance can also increase blood pressure, which raises the risk of heart disease. 


If you are experiencing symptoms of insulin resistance, talk with your doctor. A continuous glucose monitor can be worn to monitor blood sugar levels and determine if glucose is responsible.