Dr. Handelsman shares what medical conditions are associated with insulin resistance.
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Insulin Resistance Medical Conditions Insulin Resistance is really part of all functioning directions in medicine and in life that we do and I think that we need to recognize the different comes with hyperinsulinemia with high insulin levels. Some people perhaps like to separate conditions of insulin resistance versus high insulin. I personally think that they come together and as the person has the diabetes. So people have high blood pressure. People do have obesity. It’s obesity so much is the cause of insulin resistance, not vice versa. Changes in lipids making high threaten the blood triglyceride, low good cholesterol, low HDL and making the bad cholesterol LDL very bad. It’s a condition that allows the body to become also being more able to create clots, so Hypercoagulable state we call that. Then there are conditions changing skin colors, it’s called — discoloration of the skin. It happens in pediatrics, it happens in adults, losing fatty liver disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome which is a lousy name. Because 50% of women with polycystic ovarian syndrome do not have a cyst in the ovaries and 50% of women that have cyst in the ovaries do not have that syndrome. Perhaps a better name would be Androgen excess syndrome and this is a condition that may cause infertility in a woman, it can also cause growth of hair, we call that hirsute, loss of hair which a woman many times does not like because it comes from there like in male. However, it puts them also to a very high risk to develop diabetes in cardiovascular disease. We know that it is implicated also in cancers, in many cancers, we actually think that obesity related to cancers like breast cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and couple more are very much associated and actually being transformed through insulin resistance and I think that they mentioned cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis was increased event and increased strokes. We don’t know relationship to kidney disease, however we think that kidney disease once it happens may contribute to insulin resistance.