Diabetes Care

Insulin Resistance Symptoms

Insulin resistance means a condition in which the cells of the body become resistant to the effects of insulin i.e. the normal response to a given amount of insulin is reduced. As such, higher levels of insulin are required for insulin to have its effects. The resistance is seen with both the body’s own insulin (endogenous) and the insulin given through injection (exogenous). There are no outward physical signs of insulin resistance. For more insulin and diabetes information about diabetes health, you can seek help from American Diabetes Association. A glucose tolerance test, during which insulin and blood glucose are measured, can help determine if someone is insulin resistant. For further information, read Prescribed Diet For Type II Diabeties.

The different insulin resistance symptoms are as follows:

1) Fatigue is the most common feature of insulin resistance symptoms. It can wear out people.

2) Fatigue of insulin resistance can be mental at times. Poor memory, loss of creativity, poor grades in school often accompany insulin resistance, as do various forms of "learning disabilities."

3) Mild, brief periods of low blood sugar are normal during the day, especially if meals are not eaten on a regular schedule. But, prolonged periods of this "hypoglycemia," accompanied by physical and mental fatigue, are not normal. Feeling agitated, jittery and moody is common in insulin resistance.

4) Many people with insulin resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a meal containing more than 20 % or 30 % carbohydrates.

5) For most people, too much weight is too much fat. In males, a large abdomen is the more obvious and earliest sign of insulin resistance whereas in females, it's prominent buttocks.

6) Increased blood pressure. It is a fact that most people with hypertension have too much insulin and are Insulin Resistant. It is often possible to show a direct relationship between the level of insulin and blood pressure; as insulin levels elevate, so does blood pressure.