How Does The Body Make Glucose?
Glucose mainly comes from foods rich in carbohydrates, like bread, potatoes, and fruit. As you eat, food travels down your esophagus into your stomach. There, acids and enzymes break it down into tiny pieces. During that process, glucose is released. It goes into your intestines where it's absorbed. From there, it passes into your bloodstream. Once in the blood, insulin helps glucose get to your cells. American Diabetes Association: "The Liver's Role: How It Processes Fats and Carbs." American Foundation for the Blind: "What is the Difference Between Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia?" Group Health: "How Our Bodies Turn Food Into Energy." Insel, P. 2004. Nutrition, Joslin Diabetes Center: "Goals for Blood Glucose Control," "High Blood Glucose: What it Means and How to Treat it." National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes," "Your Guide to Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2." NCBI: "Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th Edition." Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 13, 2016 Continue reading >>