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Understanding how the diabetic body controls blood sugar

by , 30 July 2015

Diabetes is a hot topic at the moment. But before I can go on to share intricate studies with you, I must first teach you the basics.

Today, I'm going to explain how the diabetic body controls blood sugar differently to the non-diabetic body. It's interesting to know - especially if you're pre-diabetic or diabetic...

How does the body normally control blood sugar?

When the body gets a dose of sugar from the food you eat, it relies mostly on a hormone called insulin to pull that sugar into organs that will use or store it.

An organ called the pancreas that sits close to the stomach is responsible for detecting the level of sugar in the blood and releasing insulin to counteract it. Insulin then acts mostly on the muscle, liver and fat cells and signals them to gather up the sugar circulating in the blood.

There, the sugar is packed into a form that is easy to store and that can be used in the future if the need arises. Insulin also tends to rev up cell activity and boost functions that normally require a lot of energy. It serves to make sure the body responds to high blood sugar by using what it can and storing what’s left.

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What happens in type 2 diabetes?

In a type 2 diabetic, the pancreas doesn’t respond the way that it should when sugar is present in the blood. It takes higher and higher levels of blood sugar to trigger insulin release.

Because of that, sugar circulates for long periods of time through the blood without getting removed by the organs normally triggered by insulin. In the short run, the body is able to tolerate high blood sugar. But when blood sugar stays high for weeks, months or years, that sugar starts to do some damage.

It injures blood vessels, making it harder for them to function normally. It also injures organs like the kidneys, eyes or heart, making disease more likely. And it suppresses the immune system, making it harder for diabetics to heal when they have an injury or infection.

Keep your eyes peeled on some really interesting new findings on blood sugar management that are to come later this week!

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