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Insulin resistance in children is when the body doesn’t respond to the insulin hormone the way it should. Insulin helps turn food into the energy the body needs to function. It does this by helping glucose, or sugar, enter the cells.  

Insulin resistance can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. Other complications may include fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and polycystic ovary syndrome. Nemours pediatric endocrinologists are experts in treating kids with insulin resistance.  

Learn more about Insulin Resistance at the Nemours KidsHealth Library

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Endocrinology

Nemours Children's pediatric endocrinologists are highly trained in hormone, growth and metabolic problems in kids.

Treatment for Insulin Resistance at Nemours

Kids with insulin resistance may struggle to maintain a healthy weight. We look at all the reasons why. Our goal is to reduce the risk for complications so your child can grow up strong.  

Treating insulin resistance may start with lifestyle changes, including healthy eating and physical activity. We may also use medicines to manage symptoms. We bring in other specialists, if needed. We’re here for the long term.  

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