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Risk Factors for Insulin Resistance

Learn how common Insulin resistance is in adults and people of all ages, and the health risk factors that come along with it.

Why do people become insulin resistant?

We know it has a lot to do with genetics. If your parents or grandparents had diabetes, or carried extra weight, you are more likely to be at risk for developing insulin resistance.

I have many children and young adults come to my practice, and if their parents were diagnosed with type II Diabetes, they also present with symptoms and lab results that indicate insulin resistance.

Surprisingly, it affects all of us, whether or not there is a history of diabetes in the family, as we get older. The more we age, the more likely we are to develop it. In fact, 47% of U.S. adults over the age of 50 actually have insulin resistance so severely, that it is diagnosed as a medical condition called metabolic syndrome.

80-90% of the patients that I see in my practice have insulin resistance to some degree. Gestational diabetes, belly weight gain, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are all indicators that you are insulin resistant. Menopause, and specifically surgical menopause is a very strong pointer to this changed metabolism as well.

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