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.
Several things may increase insulin resistance, including:
Current as of: August 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Lois Jovanovic MD - Endocrinology
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