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Insulin Resistance (cont.)

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Over the past decade, insulin resistance has gained significance, in its own right, as a contributor to the metabolic syndrome. Timely intervention can delay the onset of overt type 2 diabetes. Future studies must assess longer intervals than research to date in order to determine the duration for treatment to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes and related complications.

Lifestyle changes (in nutrition and physical activity) are clearly important to delay the development of type 2 diabetes in individuals with insulin resistance and are the primary recommendation for prevention of diabetes in high-risk individuals. Metformin is the only drug recommended by guidelines, for those patients at highest risk. Education about these changes must be directed to all groups at risk for type 2 diabetes. Childhood obesity is epidemic and on the rise in the developed countries. Changes must be made in homes and school cafeterias to ensure healthier nutrition.

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MedscapeReference. Insulin Resistance.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC). Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC). Insulin resistance and prediabetes.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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