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A 39-year-old member asked:

can you tell me how to know if i'm more insulin resistant or i'm not making enough insulin?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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No absolue way: Hi. There is no simple test for this. Type 2's are classically thought of as insulin resistant, although I have plenty of type 1's who are insulin resistant (obese, sedentary, glucose toxicity, etc). Type 2's usually require at least 1 unit/kg/24 hours (and often more). There is an equation called the homeostatic model assessment (HOMA) which can assess insulin resistance. Bottom line is, CONTROL!

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A 22-year-old male asked:

How can I be tested to confirm i'm insulin resistant? Please explain.

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Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Metabolic syndrome: Insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome is a clinical diagnosis made by having at least 3 of the following 5 problems: waist size (at level of belly button) >40 in. In men, >35 in women, fasting triglycerides >150, HDL chol <40 in men, <50 in women, BP >130/85, and fasting glucose >100. A high Insulin level is not part of the criteria, but often is seen as a high fasting c-peptide level.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to become insulin resistant?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Depends upon how: Strong your family history of diabetes is and how old you are (more of a potential problem as you get older). It can happen quickly (several months or less) with any significant weight gain, or other conditions such as corticosteroids, severe infection, surgery, certain medications, etc. People remain Insulin resistant for 5-15 years before true diabetes develops, but it is a natural progression.
A 47-year-old member asked:

I'm insulin resistant and i want to chew gum is this bad?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
No: Why would chewing gum be bad for diabetic?
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A 34-year-old female asked:

Insulin resistant does that ever go away what causes it i get bumps or a lump where i inject myself?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Weight loss: Insulin resistance is related to genetics and weight. You can't change your genes, but weight loss will decrease Insulin resistance. Medications such as metformin and pioglitazone also decrease Insulin resistance.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I am insulin resistant ?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Insulin resistant: If you are taking insulin and your blood sugar is high, you are not insulin resistant but you are not taking enough insulin. There are two ways around this: 1: Increase your insulin bit by bit for a while. 2: Make changes to your diet. See "Nuval" on line. 3: Exercise as regularly as you can. 4: Work your way to needing less insulin.

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