Your Insulin Resistance Score
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|0:||You have no indication of any existing insulin resistance.|
|1-4:||You may have the beginnings of insulin resistance.|
|5-9:||You are likely to have moderate insulin resistance.|
|10-15:||You have significant insulin resistance.|
Insulin resistance occurs when the body has trouble using the insulin it produces, thus causing metabolic disaster in the brain, liver, muscle, and fat tissue. The higher your level of insulin resistance, the more likely you are to gain weight, develop chronic disease, and age faster as elevated insulin is driving force for increase inflammation.
Insulin resistance is very common. 16 percent of healthy, normal-weight individuals have significant insulin resistance. This percentage increases to 50 percent in overweight individuals, 85 percent in obese individuals, and 100 percent in individuals with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. These levels of insulin resistance explain our continuing obesity epidemic and our increasing health care costs.