Insulin Resistance (cont.)
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Insulin Resistance Prevention
While there is a significant genetic component to the development of insulin resistance, many things can be done to prevent its onset and progression.
Lifestyle changes (for example, diet and exercise) clearly are important, and education about these changes needs to be directed to groups at risk for diabetes. Childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States as well as other countries, and changes need to be made in school cafeterias and in the food choices offered to children and teens at home.
Medications have been shown to delay the progression of insulin resistance to overt type 2 diabetes. To date, no study has shown the ability to prevent metabolic syndrome in a high-risk population.
Insulin Resistance Prognosis
It is only in recent years that insulin resistance has been gaining importance both its own right and as a contributor to the metabolic syndrome. It now appears that intervention can delay the onset of overt diabetes. With lifestyle modification and medication if needed, those with insulin resistance can have some control over their disease progression.
Medically reviewed by John A. Seibel, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Endocrinology & Metabolism
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2016
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