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What Happens To Your Body When Your Blood Sugar Is Too High?

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You And Your Hormones

What is insulin? Insulin is a hormone made by an organ located behind the stomach called the pancreas. Here, insulin is released into the bloodstream by specialised cells called beta cells found in areas of the pancreas called islets of langerhans (the term insulin comes from the Latin insula meaning island). Insulin can also be given as a medicine for patients with diabetes because they do not make enough of their own. It is usually given in the form of an injection. Insulin is released from the pancreas into the bloodstream. It is a hormone essential for us to live and has many effects on the whole body, mainly in controlling how the body uses carbohydrate and fat found in food. Insulin allows cells in the muscles, liver and fat (adipose tissue) to take up sugar (glucose) that has been absorbed into the bloodstream from food. This provides energy to the cells. This glucose can also be converted into fat to provide energy when glucose levels are too low. In addition, insulin has several other metabolic effects (such as stopping the breakdown of protein and fat). How is insulin controlled? When we eat food, glucose is absorbed from our gut into the bloodstream. This rise in blood g Continue reading >>

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  1. diabetesfree

    Highest Blood Sugar Reading?

    I am just curious as to how badly other people's blood sugar levels have gotten. I've had mine register at over 600 at times. In fact, my meter wouldn't even give me an exact reading. It just said "HI". Scary. So, what is the highest your blood glucose level has ever gotten, and did you require any medical attention?

  2. HeavenorHell

    After a ERCP my sugar was normal around 104 within the next blood work I had was 2 weeks later it was 1340. They told me to go to a ER the ER was amazed I was walking and talking the only effect I felt was I could not see 2ft in front of me. Now they are saying I am diabetic I'm a little confused how it jumped so high so fast. I can not get answers everyone just tells me I am diabetic and the test that they do would prove that I was diabetic for 3 months because of the 1340 but I am stupid and they will not see my point nor give me answers. They just say that the ERCP did not cause any of this but they really cant explain what did. So now I have to take 4 shots a day and oral medication 2 times a day.

  3. Anonymous

    When I was diagnosed I was 11 and my parents thought I was sick and got me Sprite for me to drink and I was really thirsty so I drank it quite fast and peed a lot and was really sleepy and I one day I had to go to track practice and I was so thirsty but I had to wait to get a drink and after that I attempted to take a shower and the water burned my skin so we went to the hospital and they though is was my appendix and I went on a helicopter to a different town to remove it and they wouldn't let me drink anything I was so thirsty I went to the bathroom and drank out if the faucet they removed and I was still in pain so they tested my blood this was like 2 days after I was brought to the hospital so they tested my blood sugar and it was only like 1000 but Im sure it was higher 2 days before that and now my monitor doesnt read over about 500 just says hi so IDK

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