Insulin Resistance ICD-10-CM Codes

Familiarize yourself with the ICD-10 codes used for insulin resistance and learn more about their billability, clinical descriptions, synonyms, etc. 

By Chloe Smith on Jun 16, 2024.

Fact Checked by Ericka Pingol.

Use Code
Insulin Resistance ICD-10-CM Codes

What ICD-10 Codes are Used for Insulin Resistance 

Currently, there’s only one ICD-10 code for insulin resistance, and that is E88.81: Metabolic Syndrome. 

However, CMS announced three new proposed ICD-10 codes for insulin resistance, which will take effect on October 1, 2023, when approved or finalized. For your information and benefit, we’ll leave the three codes below. 

  • E88.810: Metabolic syndrome
  • E88.811: Insulin resistance syndrome, Type A
  • E88.818: Other insulin resistance
  • E88.819: Insulin resistance, unspecified

Is the Insulin Resistance ICD codes Billable? 

Yes, the lone ICD-10 code for insulin resistance, E88.81: Metabolic Syndrome, is billable.

Clinical Information

  • Insulin resistance is when fat, muscles, and liver cells don’t respond well to insulin. The result is the cells’ inability to take or store glucose from one’s blood and the pancreas’ compensation of making more insulin to lower one’s blood glucose levels. 
  • When unchecked, insulin resistance increases the risk of a patient being overweight, having high triglycerides, and having high blood pressure. 
  • Though the cause of insulin resistance has yet to be found, significant factors are excess weight, diet, certain medications, and physical inactivity. 
  • Usually, those with insulin resistance don’t exhibit any symptoms. If they do, especially those with prediabetes, they may have acanthosis nigricans or darkened skin/skin tags in the armpits and back/sides of the neck. 
  • Practitioners will have the patient undergo blood tests to check if the patient has insulin resistance or, specifically, pre-diabetes. They will usually check the results of their glucose, lipids, and A1c. 
  • Treatment is mainly lifestyle modification wherein the patient must eat a healthier diet, be more physically active, and lose excess weight. 

Synonyms Include:

  • Insulin Resistance - Type A
  • Insulin Resistance - Type B
  • Insulin receptor defect
  • Glucose-galactose malabsorption
Medical Billing and Coding Software

Commonly asked questions

When to use an Insulin Resistance ICD code?

You can use an insulin resistance ICD code when you’ve determined that the patient has this metabolic syndrome with a blood test. 

Is the Insulin Resistance diagnosis code billable?

Yes, the insulin resistance diagnosis code is billable.

What are the common treatments for Insulin Resistance?

Common insulin resistance treatments include lifestyle modifications like weight loss, physical activity, and a healthier diet.

Join 10,000+ teams using Carepatron to be more productive

One app for all your healthcare work