What is the insulin resistance test? How far it helps diagnosing this condition? How to perform it? Which is the right way of reading the results?
You’ll find all the answers you need in the following paragraphs.
Ok, now first of all keep in mind that doctors cannot prescribe the SPECIFIC TEST FOR INSULIN RESISTANCEroutinely.
This is because it is a high cost and very complicated to be used.
It is also known with the name ofEuglycemic clamp, and it’s the only test that measures very accurately insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance test – how can I perform it?
Basically this test consists in measuring the blood insulin level.
Since it’s a high cost and very complicated, researches use to use it as a tool to get to know more on glucose metabolism in their researches.
Insulin resistance test - Is there any way of reading and interpreting the results?
You must keep in mind that in case the tests show the presence of pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, for sure insulin resistance is present.
This is the simplest way you can understand the results. But, I still want you to remember: this is only a scientific test and not a routine one.
The routine tests are those which determine the presence of pre-diabetes or diabetes. The first one is called fasting glucose test and the second one is called glucose tolerance test.
Some of the tests you may perform at home using any of the glucose meters you find in any store.
So, as you may see from all the info above, the most important thing you should keep in mind beside insuline resistance test is to prevent insulin resistance onset.
If you have the right knowledge on its symptoms and risk factors and possible causes , you can easily prevent its onset taking the necessary precautions.
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Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist