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Insulin Resistance -



Insulin Resistance Testing (IR testing)

Insulin resistance (IR) is the condition in which normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat,muscle and liver cells. Insulin resistance in fat cells reduces the effects of insulin and results in elevated hydrolysis of stored triglycerides in the absence of measures which either increase insulin sensitivity or which provide additional insulin. Increased mobilization of stored lipids in these cells elevates free fatty acids in the blood plasma. Insulin resistance in muscle cells reduces glucose uptake (and so local storage of glucose as glycogen), whereas insulin resistance in liver cells results in impaired glycogen synthesis and a failure to suppress glucose production. Elevated blood fatty-acid concentrations (associated with insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus Type 2), reduced muscle glucose uptake, and increased liver glucose production all contribute to elevated blood glucose concentration. High plasma levels of insulin and glucose due to insulin resistance are believed to be the origin of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, including its complications

In preparation of your Insulin Resistance Test:

The night before your test you should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight, with the exception of water.

You are only allowed to drink water until your test has been completed. Water is encouraged!

No Smoking, No cough drops, No gum

This type of testing requires an appointment.

Testing typically lasts two and half hours.

Please contact our receptionist to schedule an appointment at 208-529-8330