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Insulin resistance: 10 symptoms to watch out for

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Insulin resistance is a condition that is related to many issues such as obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. It affects more than 70 million people in the United States. According to statistics, more than 40% of adults over 50 years of age are at risk of insulin resistance, so it is necessary to know the symptoms to be able to access early treatment and avoid serious complications. Here are 10 insulin resistance symptoms to watch out for!

Tingling in your extremities

It is common for people suffering from insulin resistance to develop a peripheral neuropathy. This could be due, in part, to the fact that the high levels of sugar in the body promote poor blood circulation. Consequently, patients with this symptom of insulin resistance often report pain in the extremities, tingling, and even numbness in hands and feet.

High cholesterol is an insulin resistance symptom

insulin resistance symptoms

Insulin resistance has been associated with a significant increase in cholesterol levels, which is considered a latent risk for people since it can lead to coronary diseases that put your life at risk. The increase in cholesterol levels occurs when cells cannot respond adequately to the hormone insulin, affecting markers such as high and low density lipoprotein, as well as triglycerides.

Extreme hunger

People suffering from insulin resistance face a symptom that presents itself as an added risk. Excess hunger caused by a significant increase in the production of this hormone. When the body produces excess insulin hormone, it can affect you in different ways. One of them is to experience a feeling of hunger that, consequently, can lead to weight gain.

Recurring infections could be a symptom

Doctor explaining symptom to patient

In many cases, insulin resistance not detected early. Thus, it is common for some people to suffer from symptoms such as recurrent infections without these being associated with a particular disease. These infections mostly occur as a result of hyperglycemia.


Another danger associated with late detection people face insulin resistance symptoms that may be misunderstood, such as feelings of extreme fatigue. In general, people with will go through periods of fatigue, especially after eating foods that are high in calories and carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta.

Frequent urination


Frequent urination is known to be a sign of diabetes. However, it can also mean there is insulin resistance due to the presence of high blood glucose levels. Frequent urination is due to several factors such as: excessive thirst caused by high blood sugar levels, polyuria and increased urine production.

Increase in waist circumference

Insulin resistance, as well as related symptoms such as excessive hunger and tiredness, result in (among other things) an increase in body mass, which, in the case of this particular condition, accumulates mainly at the waist. This symptom can be detected when the waist circumference in men exceeds 94 cm, and in women it is greater than 80 cm. Excess body fat increases the probability of suffering from diseases such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

High glucose levels may indicate insulin resistance


When a large amount of sugar enters the body, the pancreas faces the challenge of producing a greater amount of insulin to convert glucose into cells, a process that allows the balance of the body and promotes its proper functioning. For this reason, regular blood tests help determine the presence of insulin resistance, which occurs when the glucose level is between 140 mg/dl and 199 mg/d.

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin symptom

Acanthosis nigricans is a symptom that occurs in the skin of people with insulin resistance. It is, perhaps, one of the most visible signs that the patient is at risk of facing health complications derived from this condition. People with acanthosis nigricans suffer from darkening and thickening of the skin, which can be reversible with proper treatment, including losing excess weight associated with insulin resistance.

Skin tags

Doctor holding hand of patient with insulin resistance

In addition to acanthosis nigricans, skin tags are often a symptom of insulin resistance. These occur in the neck, arms, armpits, groin and even in the eyelids of patients. It is important not to confuse skin tags with warts, as these can be a sign that the patient is suffering from complications related to excessive insulin production.

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