The Risk Factors For Insulin Resistance

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You’ve surely heard of diabetes, but might not be quite as familiar with the condition called insulin resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes. Learning about the signs and symptoms of insulin resistance can help you understand your health and when it’s time to take action to reverse diabetes and its progression.

Empower Health in St. Louis specializes in insulin resistance, diabetes, and other endocrine disorders. Our goal is to eliminate chronic disease. We combine functional medicine, chiropractic care, and regenerative techniques like stem cell therapy to control certain diseases. To achieve optimal wellness, make an appointment with Empower Health today.

To understand more about insulin resistance, here are some of the risk factors of insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes.


Perhaps one of the most common risk factors for insulin resistance is obesity. A person who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese, and 11% of people worldwide fall into this category. Additionally, those who are obese are at higher risk for high cholesterol, heart attack, and stroke, further exacerbating other conditions.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Exercising regularly is critical to keeping diabetes at bay. Your muscles are responsible for burning stored glucose (blood sugar) in the body, and exercising regularly helps this process. When the muscles aren’t active they atrophy, and not only fail to perform their critical role in burning glucose, but the fat that accumulates in the body will store even more glucose. Exercising helps the muscles perform optimally, keeping insulin resistance under control.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re increasing your risk several ways. Sleeping is necessary to perform cellular repair overnight. When you’re tired, you’re unable to get exercise. And if you can’t get enough exercise, you’re at higher risk for obesity. Obesity can contribute to sleep apnea, which can interrupt sleep throughout the night, leading to fatigue and impaired cognitive function throughout the day. Researchers have found a connection between those who don’t get enough sleep and increased insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.


Those who have family members who have been diagnosed with insulin resistance, prediabetes, or diabetes are at a higher risk, especially if it’s a sibling or parent. When combined with the other risk factors, genetics will make you more susceptible. Additionally, race can play a factor. Native Americans, African Americans, Asians, and Hispanic people are at an even greater risk than others.

The good news is that insulin resistance can be reversed, delaying or even preventing the onset of diabetes. Taking on a more active lifestyle to get exercise (gain muscle) and lose fat can make a contribution toward this goal. Even walking 30 minutes five days a week will make a difference! Getting enough sleep and having any sleep conditions treated such as sleep apnea can help as well.

To start treating your insulin resistance, prediabetes, or diabetes, make an appointment at Empower Health in St. Louis today. We can assess your risk factors and come up with a plan for treatment with the goal to reverse diabetes and its precursors. Our specialized treatment plans have helped many, and we look forward to working with you. Contact us today.

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