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A 24-year-old female asked:

If insulin is fat storing hormone then why insulin resistance causes weight gain? if there is resistance then it should not be storing fat? right?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
42 years experience
Interesting question: Insulin resistance is associated with obesity. The exact mechanism by which this occurs is unknown, just like it is unknown why Insulin resistance causes high male hormone levels and irregular periods. One possibility is that there are different levels of Insulin resistance in different tissues, so that high Insulin affects those organs more.
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