Obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels
Obesity is increasing worldwide and is one of the main risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes. Many people who are obese do not have type 2 diabetes, but they may be on the path to developing it. So, while their glucose levels may be in the normal range, they could be relying on high insulin levels to keep glucose under control. High insulin levels promote fat storage and also aggravate other problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Therefore, making lifestyle changes to reduce insulin levels can be very effective for people who do not have diabetes but who could benefit from losing weight, or reducing blood pressure or cholesterol levels. It will also help reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
Blood tests to measure insulin levels are generally not available via the NHS; however they can be arranged as part of a consultation at London Medical.