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Dr. Phil, MD
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My 14 year old daughter was recently diagnosed as Insulin resistant.

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My 14 year old daughter was recently diagnosed as Insulin resistant. She is at the top of the BMI range for her age but is not obese. She is a competitive swimmer and trains 13 hours a week. After being told that she should exercise more and eat healthily I sought advise from a dietition who agreed that my daughter had a well balanced diet! I don't know where to go from here if she exercises regularly and has a god diet. How can I stop her becoming diabetic? her energy levels are suffering and her ability to sleep well is affected. What has caused her to become insulin resistant and how do I reverse this problem?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for this questionI am suspecting this is a hormonal issueShe absolutely doesn't need to diet/exercise more.I am suspecting she is developing PCOS. Polycystic ovarian syndrome. This is where the ovaries have multiple cysts and it can cause insulin resistance. I would get her in with a GYN or her GP and get her tested for this.