Understanding Diabetes Made Simple

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Diabetes Pathophysiology

Diabetes occurs when there is a dis-balance between the demand and production of the hormone insulin. Control of blood sugar When food is taken, it is broken down into smaller components. Sugars and carbohydrates are thus broken down into glucose for the body to utilize them as an energy source. The liver is also able to manufacture glucose. In normal persons the hormone insulin, which is made by the beta cells of the pancreas, regulates how much glucose is in the blood. When there is excess of glucose in blood, insulin stimulates cells to absorb enough glucose from the blood for the energy that they need. Insulin also stimulates the liver to absorb and store any excess glucose that is in the blood. Insulin release is triggered after a meal when there is a rise in blood glucose. When blood glucose levels fall, during exercise for example, insulin levels fall too. High insulin will promote glucose uptake, glycolysis (break down of glucose), and glycogenesis (formation of storage form of glucose called glycogen), as well as uptake and synthesis of amino acids, proteins, and fat. Low insulin will promote gluconeogenesis (breakdown of various substrates to release glucose), glycogenoly Continue reading >>

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  1. lilleyheidi

    Insulin resistance made simple

    For someone new to understanding insulin resistance, this article simplifies it and makes it pretty easy to understand.
    It does not go into deep and heavy detail, so not every single aspect of it is covered, but it covers the basics and gives some simple answers to it.
    Not a bad read.

  2. KarmannGhiaChristy

    Is anyone currently taking Berberine? I've never heard of it, but I'm going to look for it next time I'm in Sprouts.

  3. jayabee52

    Excellent article Heidi
    Like Gabby I read about Berberine (although I had heard about it from Dr Whittaker's website) I also got reading in some of the links provided in the berberine article. Fascinating.

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