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Community Q&A: Diabetic Patients’ Questions and Answers

How do I know if I have insulin resistance? Are there any tests for it?

Diagnosing insulin resistance isn’t based on a single blood test. Healthcare providers consider multiple factors to determine whether a person has insulin resistance. These include:

  1. Blood glucose levels
  2. Cholesterol levels
  3. Physical examination

Individuals with insulin resistance should undergo screening for prediabetes. Predicting the exact timeline for the development of prediabetes in someone with insulin resistance isn’t straightforward. Individual factors play a significant role.

Neglecting to address insulin resistance can potentially lead to diabetes and various other metabolic issues. Some of these complications comprise:

  1. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  2. Elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Heart disease

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