• What is insulin resistance?
• What causes insulin resistance?
• Metabolic Syndrome
• What is pre-diabetes?
• What are the symptoms of insulin resistance and pre-diabetes?
• How are insulin resistance and pre-diabetes diagnosed?
• Risk Factors for Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
• Can insulin resistance and pre-diabetes be reversed?
• Body Mass Index (BMI)
• Can medicines help reverse insulin resistance or pre-diabetes?
• Points to Remember
• Hope through Research
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Yes. Physical activity and weight loss help the body respond better to insulin. By losing weight and being more physically active, people with insulin resistance or pre-diabetes may avoid developing type 2 diabetes.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and other large studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes can often prevent or delay diabetes if they lose a modest amount of weight by cutting fat and calorie intake and increasing physical activity—for example, walking 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. Losing just 5 to 7 percent of body weight prevents or delays diabetes by nearly 60 percent. In the DPP, people aged 60 or older who made lifestyle changes lowered their chances of developing diabetes by 70 percent. Many participants in the lifestyle intervention group returned to normal blood glucose levels and lowered their risk for developing heart disease and other problems associated with diabetes. The DPP also showed that the diabetes drug metformin reduced the risk of developing diabetes by 31 percent.
People with insulin resistance or pre-diabetes can help their body use insulin normally by being physically active, making wise food choices, and reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. Physical activity helps muscle cells use blood glucose for energy by making the cells more sensitive to insulin.