Insulin Resistance

Written By Dr Alison Kamffer

What is it?

Insulin resistanceis a disorder in which the cells of the body become unresponsive to the effects of insulin leading to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

The main cause is a diet rich in refined carbohydrate [sugars], leading to overweight and obesity, which stresses the pancreas to overproduce insulin, resulting in the cells becoming unresponsive to its effects. There is also a genetic factor, as it is more common in those of Indian ancestry, as well as women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

It is often associated with the metabolic syndrome which is characterized by :

· Raised blood fats (blood triglycerides).