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What Makes Glucose In The Body?

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What Is Glucose?

Glucose comes from the Greek word for "sweet." It's a type of sugar you get from foods you eat, and your body uses it for energy. As it travels through your bloodstream to your cells, it's called blood glucose or blood sugar. Insulin is a hormone that moves glucose from your blood into the cells for energy and storage. People with diabetes have higher-than-normal levels in their blood. Either they don't have enough insulin to move it through or their cells don't respond to insulin as well as they should. High blood glucose for a long period of time can damage your kidneys, eyes, and other organs. How Your Body Makes Glucose It mainly comes from foods rich in carbohydrates, like bread, potatoes, and fruit. As you eat, food travels down your esophagus to 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. Energy and Storage Your body is designed to keep the level of glucose in your blood constant. Beta cells in your pancreas monitor your blood sugar level every few second Continue reading >>

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  1. messenger

    can the body produce its own glucose

    hi all
    i am interested to learn if the body can produce its own glucose, or does all the glucose come from what we eat.
    peter

  2. plum

    I guess,it does produce.Have u heard of stress elevating sugar levels? It is true.Stress,trauma & anxiety do elevate glucose levels whether u have eaten carb or not.

  3. Stump86

    The laws of physics dictate that we cannot make energy from nothing. But your body can create glucose from other things (fats and proteins) This is called gluconeogenesis (creating new glucose).
    So the answer to your question is yes the body can produce it's own glucose but also yes it all comes from what we eat, (we also eat fats and proteins)

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