Insulin Resistance Blood Test, from our experts to you.
Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

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What is
insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance is when the body produces insulin but does not use it properly. Insulin is a hormone made in the beta cells of the pancreas. It helps the glucose in your blood enter your cells to be used as energy. Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body's cells become resistant to insulin, leaving high amounts of glucose circulating in the blood, which can damage your organs and raise your risk of cardiovascular disease. People who are overweight and obese, have high belly fat, and are generally inactive are at increased risk of developing insulin resistance.


What can I learn
from this test?

Our test will tell you whether your body is starting to have difficulties processing glucose and may give you an early indication that you are at risk of developing pre-diabetes or diabetes. Learning about insulin resistance is the first step toward making lifestyle changes that can help prevent diabetes and other health problems.


What can affect
an insulin sample?

High temperatures can affect the stability and quality of an insulin sample. This means that an insulin sample must be taken at the laboratory that analyses the sample and cannot be taken as a home test.


What's included?

Diabetes
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Glucose - Random Glucose is a sugar that acts as the body's main source of energy. Most of the body's cells require glucose for energy production. The brain and nervous system cells can only function when glucose levels in the blood remain within a certain range. The hormone insulin controls the transport of glucose into the body's cells to be used as energy. We cannot live without glucose or insulin and they must be in balance. It is important that blood glucose levels remains fairly stable as severe high or low levels can be life threatening.
Insulin Insulin is an important metabolic hormone. Made in your pancreas, insulin is produced after eating in order to move the sugar from your blood into your cells for future energy use. If we eat too much, especially sugar and starchy foods, our bodies are flooded with insulin and over time our cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, leaving high levels of sugar and insulin in the bloodstream.
Insulin - Fasting Insulin is an important metabolic hormone. Made in your pancreas, insulin is produced after eating in order to move the sugar from your blood into your cells for future energy use. If we eat too much, especially sugar and starchy foods, our bodies are flooded with insulin and over time our cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, leaving high levels of sugar and insulin in the bloodstream.
Fasting Insulin Resistance Index

How to prepare
for your test

Special instructions

Prepare for your Insulin Resistance Blood Test by following these instructions. Do not eat for 12 hours prior to your test. Drink plenty of water, if you take medication then you are allowed to take it as you would normally. Do not take biotin supplements for two days before this test, discuss this with your doctor if it is prescribed.


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