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Can a diabetic build up resistance to insulin?
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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: (a careful) yes
Type 2 diabetics have Insulin resustance, but early on are able to make extra Insulin to overcome the resistance.
Over time, they are less and less able to do that. Then they need medicine, and eventually need to take insulin. If a type 1 diabetic gains weight, he can also develop Insulin resistance and his doses will need to be increased. Weight loss decreases resistance in both types 1 & 2.

In brief: (a careful) yes
Type 2 diabetics have Insulin resustance, but early on are able to make extra Insulin to overcome the resistance.
Over time, they are less and less able to do that. Then they need medicine, and eventually need to take insulin. If a type 1 diabetic gains weight, he can also develop Insulin resistance and his doses will need to be increased. Weight loss decreases resistance in both types 1 & 2.
Dr. Melissa Young
Dr. Melissa Young
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Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
Family Medicine
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In brief: Insulin resistence
It is possible to develop Insulin resistance with time.
This usually happens in type 2 dm, and it is the Insulin receptor that develops the resistance. Many time it is overcome by increasing the dose of Insulin and at other some medications may help. Obesity increases the risk in fact metabolic syndrome is a specific syndrome with high risks and Insulin resistance.

In brief: Insulin resistence
It is possible to develop Insulin resistance with time.
This usually happens in type 2 dm, and it is the Insulin receptor that develops the resistance. Many time it is overcome by increasing the dose of Insulin and at other some medications may help. Obesity increases the risk in fact metabolic syndrome is a specific syndrome with high risks and Insulin resistance.
Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
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Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
You are welcome. Hopefully we can work together get universal health care coverage.
Dr. Alvin Fried
It is also important to have a regul;ar exercise routine. This can be just a brisk walk for 15 -30 minutes a day, but can help reduce the insulin resistance.
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