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How do I Know if I am one of the 88% of Americans With Insulin Resistance?

When it comes to prevention of  blood sugar issues, early detection is key. Identifying a potential problem early on can help you avoid it becoming a full-blown chronic disease.

For more information on insulin resistance and what it is read

"Insulin Resistance. What is it? What Can I Do to Prevent or Reverse It?" My earlier blog on this topic.

Why you should request a fasting insulin test.  Most healthcare providers recommend a yearly screen for chronic conditions such as hyperlipidemia, heart disease, and diabetes. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to identify a potential blood sugar issue while they are easily treatable or even reversible.  Even if the results of your fasting glucose test is good or your HbA1c (two standard blood sugar tests) is normal, you could still be in the early stages of developing a blood sugar issue. The fasting insulin test, however, will pick it up.  I work in a family practice clinic as a certified medical assistant. I see this frequently, people have no idea these conditions are manifesting until they are full blown problems, which are much harder to treat and or reverse.

What are insulin reference ranges? Ideally fasting insulin should be well below 20 UIU/ML. Optimum levels are 2-6. Studies show 7  and above is a higher risk. 30 is the official diagnosis criteria of insulin resistance. The higher your number the more likelihood of insulin resistance.

Some common symptoms of insulin resistance are:

Weight gain, especially belly fat

Excessive hunger especially craving carbohydrates and thirst




Chronic inflammation

Frequent Headaches


Low testosterone



Female infertility

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Learning how to reverse insulin resistance and balance your glucose levels is crucial. Not only will this help with prevention of multiple chronic diseases and mortality, but this simple understanding of how to manage glucose levels is truly the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.  Insulin resistance is such a large topic to cover I will break this down into several key point blogs coming soon. Each blog will be focused on a specific health condition so you can learn more on conditions that interest and relate to you. Also future blogs related to insulin resistance will include information on diet and lifestyle changes to help you achieve insulin sensitivity.  Simple changes you can incorporate into your life to make a huge impact. Several recipes to come also. So check back weekly!

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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace treatment from your professional health care team. Use this information at your own risk and judgement. If you suspect you have a medical condition you should seek professional healthcare help. This information is intended to help guide you to achieve better health. 

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