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Friday, July 20 • 10:40am - 11:20am
The Role of Hyperinsulinemia in Chronic Diseases

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Elevated circulating insulin or hyperinsulinemia is commonly observed in insulin resistant individuals. It is a compensatory mechanism to maintain normal blood glucose levels when cells become less responsive to insulin. Despite the observed normal blood glucose in some individuals, hyperinsulinemia remains an independent risk factor for various chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers and neurological disorders. While circulating insulin can be measured as an important disease biomarker, it is not typically tested in the clinical practice, even in the context of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes risk screening. Interventions that aim to prevent and manage chronic diseases must involve normalizing insulin as well as blood glucose.

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Rand Akasheh

Rand Akasheh obtained her PhD degree in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She was a co-instructor of the course “Genetic, Molecular, and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Diseases” at UIC. Rand has focused her research on the mechanisms of obesity- and glucocorticoid-induced insulin resistance, inflammation, and pancreatitis. Rand has published her research in PlosOne journal and Current Opinion in Pharmacology journal. She currently works as a postdoctoral... Read More →

Friday July 20, 2018 10:40am - 11:20am MDT
Ballroom D