What are the causes of insulin resistance?

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  • Excess weight with a BMI > or = to 25
  • Physical inactivity
  • Underlying genetics – a family history of DM Type II
  • Ethnicity – Asian American, African American, Hispanic American, American Indian and Pacific Islander
  • A Hx of gestational DM or if you have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 lbs.
  • If you have polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have a low HDL below 35 or a Triglyceride level above 250 mg/dl
  • Certain diseases – Acromegaly, Cushing’s syndrome, Hyperthyriodism, Steroid Use, Sleep Apnea, cigarette smoking

Remember: the blood sugars only go up if the Beta cells of the pancreas can’t meet the need!

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