January 27


Can You Be Insulin Resistant and Still Have Normal Blood Glucose?

By Gabriela

January 27, 2022

Insulin resistance occurs when the cells do not respond suitably to insulin. As a matter of fact, insulin resistance is a driving factor. The factor which contributes to prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.

Insulin resistance linked to obesity. But bear in mind that it is still possible to develop insulin resistance without being obese or overweight.

According to modern research, the proper way to combat this condition is with specific treatment methods. Methods that lower the amount of insulin the body is taking or producing via insulin pumps or insulin injections.

Moreover, the role of the hormone insulin is to allow the cells to take in sugar in order to store it as body fat or use it as fuel.

In addition, this means that the sugar is more likely to build up in the blood which may contribute to high blood glucose levels. When the body faces this condition, it tries to deal with it by producing more insulin.

Often, individuals with insulin resistance produce too much insulin in comparison to healthy individuals. Producing an excessive amount of insulins is known as hyperinsulinemia.

Take This Condition Seriously

Bear in mind that over-producing insulin is an abnormal condition that is unhealthy and there is a possibility of developing pre-diabetes.

An excess amount of insulin can cause stroke, weight gain, heart attack, scalp hair loss, elevated risk of some type of cancers, excess facial hair, skin tags, and infertility.

Can You Be Insulin Resistant and Still Have Normal Blood Glucose?

Yes, this is possible since there are different manifestations of this condition, including increased HbA1C. However, it would be more proper to call these manifestations hyperinsulinemia and not insulin resistance.

Hyperinsulinemia can lead to high blood sugar, high blood pressure, elevated abdominal obesity, low HDL, and high triglycerides.

In some cases, this condition manifests by increased blood sugar (type 2 diabetes) and other time by abdominal obesity, but no matter what the issue remains the same.

In case the issue is an excessive amount of insulin you need to lower it. How to do it? With intermittent fasting and LCHF diets.

Who Should Be Tested for Insulin Resistance?

In case you are 45 years old or maybe older, you need to do screening for insulin resistance and pre-diabetes regardless of your weight.

In case you get a diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome or some thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis you have an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and pre-diabetes.

You can reduce insulin resistance by following ketogenic diets and low-carb diets.

However, the best thing to do would be to contact your doctor, do some tests and get proper advice.


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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