High Levels of Insulin and Insulin Resistance Pose Health Risks
The human body is not meant to have high levels of circulating insulin. High insulin levels may keep blood sugar levels normal, or near normal; however, in some people, the potential damage to health can be significant. Let's look at some of the problems that occur when a person has high circulating levels of insulin and insulin resistance:
The majority of people who have insulin resistance often develop impaired glucose tolerance, which takes them one step closer to type 2 diabetes. Click here for our article on Understanding Impaired Glucose Tolerance.
The Definition of Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is a condition of higher-than-normal levels of insulin that often comes before the development of type 2 diabetes. The pancreas responds by pumping out more insulin, but the body's cells don't respond to the insulin "key" that is supposed to unlock the "door" to let the glucose in. Over time, a person with insulin resistance secretes more and more insulin to move the same amount of glucose into cells, where it is needed for energy.