Insulin resistance occurs when the pancreas works overtime to produce more insulin than it should because the body’s cells have become resistant to insulin. In other words, the body attempts to provide more insulin than normal to keep blood sugar normal. Insulin resistance precedes the development of type 2 diabetes. There is good evidence that obesity is a major cause of insulin resistance which, in turn, affects blood pressure, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, and fasting glucose levels.
Significant research has suggested that insulin resistance is the most important single risk factor for coronary artery disease. Results indicate that insulin resistance is responsible for roughly 42% of heart attacks. What a staggering statistic!
Lose weight to do what you can to decrease your risk of heart attack.