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If I am insulin resistant, could an insulin injection kill me?

Amy Campbell


No. Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body makes insulin but doesn’t use it properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body use glucose for energy. If someone is insulin resistant, the liver, muscles and fat cells don’t respond to insulin as they should. As a result, the body needs more and more insulin to help move glucose from the bloodstream into cells for energy. The pancreas, the organ that makes insulin, works hard to try and keep up with this demand for more insulin, but over time, the pancreas tires out and can no longer make enough. At this point, blood glucose levels rise and, if not treated, can lead to type 2 diabetes. People with insulin resistance are also at a high risk for developing heart disease. The good news is that losing weight, eating more healthfully and being physically active most days of the week can help reduce insulin resistance. Some diabetes medications, such as metformin, can help reduce insulin resistance. If you do need to take insulin injections, that's okay -- the insulin that you inject will work with your body's own insulin to help you better manage your blood glucose.

January 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm