Diabetes vs. insulin resistance: What’s the difference?
“Insulin resistance isn’t the same thing as having diabetes,” said Schult. “Instead, it’s your body’s inability to use your insulin efficiently.”
While insulin resistance can indeed be a precursor to developing diabetes, it often occurs years before a diagnosis of either prediabetes or diabetes itself. This condition may not show up on the more generalized blood sugar screening test often given as part of a panel of bloodwork during a checkup, alongside a comprehensive metabolic panel or lipid panel, but it can still be screened for using specific bloodwork ordered by your doctor.
Insulin resistant individuals may experience symptoms like:
- Ongoing fatigue with no clear cause
- Skin tags
- Darkening of the skin
- Increased urination and thirst
- Increased hunger
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing cuts and sores
The good news? Insulin resistance can be reversed, primarily through lifestyle changes like building regular activity and exercise into your day, pursuing a healthy diet with low glycemic index foods and with weight loss.
Other questions answered in this video include:
- How is insulin resistance different from diabetes and prediabetes?
- How can you tell if you have insulin resistance?
- Can you be insulin resistant if you are not overweight?
- And more
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