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Can Insulin Resistance Cause Facial Hair

2012-12-24 17:14

Insulin resistance is a condition in which body cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin. This can raise the levels of blood glucose. If insulin resistance is not reversed, it may lead to many problems, in which excess facial hair can be commonly seen.

When the body is resistant to insulin or is unable to utilize it, blood sugar levels rise and glucose is transformed into fat, which explains the weight gain and obesity. Additionally, insulin resistance can elevate androgens, which can cause Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Excess facial hair is only a symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Meanwhile, POCS is also a leading source of menstrual irregularity and infertility as well as skin conditions like acne, excess body hair and female baldness.

Excess facial hair is unwanted by women. It can affect their appearance a lot. If insulin resistance is reversed, it will recover gradually.

Apart from excess facial hair, insulin resistance can cause more serious conditions.

Type 2 diabetes

In insulin resistance, the body cells fail to utilize the insulin properly. The primary function of insulin is to increase the cellular uptake of glucose. If the cells fail to take up glucose, glucose will build up in blood, resulting in high glucose level. To lower blood sugar level, the beta cells will work harder to produce insulin, but it does not work at all in lowering blood sugar level. Insulin resistance can cause pre-diabetes firstly. If left unchecked, it can lead to type 2 diabetes.

Genetic predisposition plays a major role in causing insulin resistance. Others develop insulin resistance through sedentary lifestyles, obesity, unhealthy diet, etc. To reduce the incidence of insulin resistance, you should keep away from these factors as possible as you can.

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