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Insulin Sensitivity

Affects the ability of cells to respond to the hormone insulin. Higher insulin sensitivity indicates better responsiveness, and insulin resistance (low sensitivity) is fundamental for the development of type II diabetes.

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All content reviewed by the Examine.com Team. Published: Feb 6, 2013
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Summary of Insulin Sensitivity

Primary Information, Benefits, Effects, and Important Facts

Insulin Sensitivity is a function of how well your body can handle glucose (blood sugar) through insulin secretion. Insulin is secreted from an organ called the pancreas in response to elevating blood sugar, and the less insulin that is needed to get the job done is how sensitive you are to insulin.

For a somewhat full review of insulin sensitivity, please refer to our FAQ page on increasing insulin sensitivity.