insulin resistance

noun

Definition of insulin resistance

: reduced sensitivity to insulin by the body's insulin-dependent processes (such as glucose uptake and lipolysis) that is typical of type 2 diabetes but often occurs in the absence of diabetes

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For some people, insulin resistance eventually leads to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes as the pancreas can’t make enough insulin to keep blood glucose in the normal range, meaning extra glucose stays in your bloodstream. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 2018 Inflammation is not present in Type 2, but abnormal metabolic markers are, including insulin resistance and extremely low levels of certain vitamins and hormones. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Typically, each plan encompasses several key elements to reverse inflammation, insulin resistance and destruction of vital brain structures. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Blackout shades are smart (light exposure during sleep may be linked to insulin resistance). Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 2018 This can lead to insulin resistance, which can promote weight gain, says Hyman. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Way to Lose Weight Involves Healing Your Gut," 26 June 2017 The Claim: Weight loss and wakefulness Illustration: Dalbert B. Vilarino Studies in mice have shown that THC-V suppresses appetite and may help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance. Amanda Chicago Lewis, WSJ, "Not Everybody Must Get Stoned: Pot’s Nonintoxicating Future," 25 Oct. 2018 This 2015 study found that ingesting vinegar before a meal could improve insulin resistance. Denby Royal, SELF, "I Used to Be a Wellness Influencer. Now I'm an Alternative Medicine Skeptic," 9 Aug. 2018 Both the control group and 16:8 diet group had similar figures for fat mass, cholesterol and insulin resistance. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Does daily fasting help with weight loss? About the 16:8 diet," 19 June 2018

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insulin resistance

noun

Medical Definition of insulin resistance

: reduced sensitivity to insulin by the body's insulin-dependent processes (as glucose uptake, lipolysis, and inhibition of glucose production by the liver) that results in decreased activity of these processes or an increase in insulin production or both and that is typical of type 2 diabetes but often occurs in the absence of diabetes

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