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What is the role of insulin in metabolic syndrome?

Agueda Hernandez, MD
Family Medicine
The key element of metabolic syndrome is insulin resistance. This condition that can be present before metabolic syndrome is diagnosed. Insulin resistance refers to your body’s ability to produce insulin — a life-sustaining hormone. If there is resistance, then that ability is impaired. 
Without insulin, the body cannot convert sugar from food into nutrients for cells. Excess sugar builds up in the bloodstream. It could eventually cause severe damage to organs and premature death.”
The biggest underlying causes of metabolic syndrome are obesity and physical inactivity.

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