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Insulin Use Advantages and Disadvantages for Diabetics

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Insulin _ What is it ?

What are it's advantages and disadvantages in the use of diabetes?

Is it the most current effective treatment toady?

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What is insulin?

Soon after we eat, the beta cells in the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin into the bloodstream to regulate glucose absorbed into the blood from digested food. It controls the entry of glucose into individual cells for fuel and also the way glucose is stored in fats cells as fat and in the liver as glycogen.

Insulin is a polypeptide hormone that regulates carbohydrate metabolism. [see figure for self explanation, courtesy endocrineweb.com] It is built from 51 amino acids and is one of the smallest proteins known.

Disturbances in insulin ...

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The advantages and disadvantages of the use of insulin for diabetics is determined. The most current effective treatment today for diabetics is determined.

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