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What's Insulin Resistance?

Insulin Resistance

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Insulin resistance happens when the body doesn't respond to the hormone insulin as it should, making it hard for glucose to get into cells. Glucose comes from food and is the body's main source of energy. Normally, insulin helps glucose enter the cells.

Insulin resistance can raise a person's risk for type 2 diabetes and other health problems.