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What are some signs and symptoms of insulin resistance?

Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics
Some symptoms are self-evident, but others only can be detected through a fasting-glucose test or a glucose-tolerance test. Symptoms include:
  • Weighing more than 15 pounds more than your ideal weight, or having
         a large abdomen;
  • Having blood pressure higher than 145/90, or hypertension;
  • Having a fasting-glucose test result greater or equal to 110 mg/dL, or
         a glucose-tolerance test result greater than or equal to 140
         mg/dL.
  • Having low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, causing you to feel agitated
         and jittery when you are hungry.
  • Having a fasting HDL-cholesterol test result less than 35 and a
         fasting-triglycerides test result greater than 200.
  • Having more active inflammatory compounds, such as C-reactive
         protein.
Signs or symptoms of insulin resistance include increased thirst and increased need to urinate, resulting in having to get up multiple times during the night to use the bathroom. Others may experience weight loss or fatigue.

These signs and symptoms of insulin resistance are related to elevated glucose, or sugar, in your bloodstream. Your body typically keeps tight control of the level of glucose in your system. It is important to see your primary care doctor if you think you may have elevated blood sugar or have risk factors including family history or obesity.

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