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What is insulin resistance?
Robert Eckel, MD
University of Colorado Anschutz , Aurora, CO

Date Added: 07/26/13

Insulin resistance is when the insulin molecule doesnít work as well as it should. Insulin works on three tissues mostly, the liver, the fat and the muscle. When insulin resistance is present, that means you need a higher level of insulin to make insulin work normally in those tissues. We know th...
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Dr. Robert Eckel received both his Bachelor of Sciences in Bacteriology (1969) and his Medical Doctorate (1973) from the University of Cincinnati. He did his Housestaff training in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals (1974-1976) and from there did a senior fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Eckel was then appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (1979) where he is now Professor of Medicine and holds the Charles A. Boettcher Endowed Chair in Atherosclerosis. In addition, Dr. Eckel has held joint appointments in the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Genetics (1989-1995), the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University, and an adjunct appointments in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also the Director of the Lipid Clinic at University Hospital. Presently Dr. Eckelís research is focused on the relationship between nutrition, insulin action, energy balance and body weight regulation with experiments carried out in both humans and mice. Dr. Eckel's research has led to his involvement and presidency in a number of national organizations, including the American Heart Association, the Western Society for Clinical Investigation, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, and the Association for Patient Oriented Research.
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