Medical questions & health advice by board certified doctors
"When does insulin insensitivity occur?"
I have developed insulin insensitivity. Now what can I do?
Insulin insensitivity is when the body begins to have a lesser response to insulin secreted from your pancreas. It is usually the first sign that you are developing type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes occurs when the body can no longer control blood sugar levels adequately. This happens when your cells stop responding to insulin in the way they should. There are multiple different reasons why someone develops insulin insensitivity (also called insulin resistance). Genetics definitely plays an important role. If you have other family members, especially parents or siblings that have diabetes, then you are more susceptible to this type of problem. Another very important factor is your weight. If you are overweight, then your body may be responding to your size with insulin resistance. The best thing you can do for your health is to schedule regular appointments with your primary care physician. He or she can monitor your hemoglobin a1c levels regularly. This is a measurement of your average blood sugar over the past 3 months. This is the measurement that will tell if you are developing diabetes. In addition, your doctor can recommend changes to your diet which can help you lose weight (if necessary) and help control your blood sugars. These are the most important two actions you can take to improve your chances of not developing diabetes.
Need more info?See a primary care-doctor today
Zocdoc Answers is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.