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Insulin Resistance Test

What is Insulin Resistance?

The body's main source of energy is the glucose or sugar that comes from the food we eat.  The pancreas produces a hormone called insulin which helps the body utilize glucose properly.  Insulin resistance is a condition in which the cells in the body don't respond to insulin and can't use the glucose in the blood for energy.  This causes the pancreas to produce more insulin as blood sugar levels rise.  Insulin resistance often leads to the development of diabetes. Left untreated, diabetes can cause a number of health issues including loss of eyesight, poor circulation, heart disease, and kidney failure.  

What are the risk factors for Insulin Resistance?

Some of the risk factors for insulin resistance include:

  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Being over the age of 45
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Sleep disorders
  • Some medications

What is an Insulin Resistance Test?

There are several common blood tests that can help to assess insulin resistance.  One of the most common is Hemoglobin A1C.  This test measures your average blood sugar over the past couple of months.  Another common test is the Glucose Tolerance Test.  This test measures your blood sugar over time before and after drinking a glucose solution to see how efficiently your body can process glucose.  It can also be helpful to do a fasting glucose test to see what your blood sugar level is at a specific time.

How to get an Insulin Resistance Test

Request A Test offers hundreds of affordable lab tests online including common tests for assessing insulin resistance.  We work with 2 of the largest lab companies in the US to provide over 3600 convenient testing locations.  Orders can be placed online at or by phone at 1-888-732-2348.  Placing an order takes as little as 10 minutes and you can go to the lab on the same day.  Many tests see results in as little as one business day and results can be accessed online whenever you need them through your private account.  

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