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Article by Lahle Wolfe, 03/25/2006.  For reprint information e-mail


American Diabetes Association: What is prediabetes?

NIH Publication:  Insulin Resistance and Pre-diabetes

More Information about Metabolic Disorders

Insulin Resistance and Insulin Resistance Syndrome (IRS)

Metabolic Syndrome (formerly called "Syndrome X" which is now considered outdated) is the same thing as Insulin Resistance Syndrome (IRS)

An estimated 41 million Americans have the condition identified since 2002 as prediabetes, which, if left unchecked, inevitably will lead to full-blown diabetes. From one of the world's leading diabetes "patient-experts," this first-ever practical guide offers fifty essential, informative ideas and simple steps to help this vast and rapidly growing constituency manage their condition and thereby reduce their chances of developing full-blown diabetes. Prediabetes clearly explains what readers can do today, no matter what their age, and whether or not they have a family history of diabetes, a severe weight problem, or are members of an ethnic group at high risk-including Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Helpful drawings and graphs are featured throughout in this new, revised edition.

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Who participated in the DPP?

NIH's DPP Study consisted of 3,234 study participants that were overweight and had IGT, which are both well-recognized risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes.

In addition, 45% of the study participants were from minority groups (African American, Hispanic American/Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or American Indian) that are at increased risk of developing diabetes.


NIH Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes Information

NIH: Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes?


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Symptoms of prediabetes (pre-diabetes) & insulin resistance
previously known as impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)

What are the symptoms of insulin resistance and prediabetes?

Health-related side effects of over producing insulin


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Life Without Bread
First Sentence: CONTRARY TO CURRENT POPULAR WISDOM, it is carbohydrates, not fat, that contribute to many dietary related diseases.


What are the symptoms of insulin resistance and prediabetes?

To be diagnosed as being insulin resistant, your doctor will need to run certain lab tests and review your personal and family medical history of risk factors.  A patient may have no symptoms at all, however, if you have been insulin resistant for a while, you may have some of the following signs and symptoms that occur even before a diagnosis is made.  These include:

Remember, insulin resistance is a metabolic disorder that increases the chances of developing gestational diabetes, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease but it is not diabetes itself.  IR may exist without other problems, especially when detected early.  But left untreated, insulin resistance typically gets worse and other symptoms begin to appear.  

When a combination of three of more of certain factors exist a person may be diagnosed with Insulin Resistance Syndrome.

Health-related side effects of over producing insulin

Over production of insulin can aggravate or trigger other problems including infertility, weight gain, bloating, poor lipid profiles, hormonal imbalances, cosmetic problems (hair loss, hirsutism, skin tags, acanthosis nigricans), and contribute to more serious health risks like high blood pressure and heart problems, and is associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes during pregnancy.  

A pancreas that continually over produces insulin may also, over time, wear out and will no longer be able to produce enough insulin to keep blood glucose in normal ranges.  When this happens case a patient usually will need to take insulin.


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