Insulin resistance, a metabolic dysfunction in glucose metabolism, is associated with numerous physical health findings that have serious health consequences such as obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. The clustering of these diseases is termed insulin resistance syndrome, previously described as a metabolic condition exclusive to adults. Studies now indicate many of the components associated with insulin resistance syndrome are present in children and adolescents. Identifying children at risk for the development of insulin resistance is important for early prevention and intervention. Detecting early evidence of insulin resistance in children and adolescents can have a preventive effect on the disease components associated with insulin resistance. Primary care providers are in pivotal position for early recognition and treatment of insulin resistance in children.
|Published - Mar 2006
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