Everything You Need to Know About Insulin Resistance

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Samantha Miller, MBChB

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Insulin resistance is a health condition in which your body’s cells become resistant to the effects of the hormone insulin, which acts to regulate the levels of glucose (sugar) in your body. Lifestyle changes such as altering your diet and increasing the amount of exercise you do can often help prevent this condition. However, for some people, it can be a precursor to prediabetes or even Type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance may not have any symptoms, but it can have some serious health consequences without treatment. We'll help you better understand the basics of this condition, from what to look out for to what you can expect from treatment.