What Else Breaks Down Gluecose? Or Is This Just Wrong?

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  • What Else Breaks Down Gluecose? Or Is This Just Wrong?


Answer #1 | 05/01 2014 12:57
that is it!! just the insulin made by the pancreas or injected.
Answer #2 | 05/01 2014 13:25
Insulin does not break down glucose. Insulin just lets glucose to enter from bloodstream into cells where glucose is broken down in a very complicated process of glycolysis. Sorry to disappoint you, but diabetes is a very complicated disease that has to be studied for many years before a cure could be found
Answer #3 | 05/01 2014 13:45
Can I recommend the song: Glucose, Glucose? It may help. The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by how much you eat, how much your liver releases and produces, and how much your insulin moves into the cells.
Answer #4 | 05/01 2014 19:46
Your notes are not correct. Insulin is the "handshake" or lowers the bridge that connects the glucose circulating in the blood into the cells where it can be burned off. All living cells use glucose to fuel themselves. Without the insulin to bridge circulating glucose to the cells, you will die. Type 1 diabetics don't produce enough insulin to have this bridging work all the time every time. Type 2 diabetics make enough insulin but something has gone wrong--often it's insulin-resistant cells. There's enough insulin available but something in the cells has gone wrong so the bridging doesn't work as well as it should. Insulin in itself doesn't "break down glucose." The cells burn off the glucose doing their jobs. In a non-diabetic, the bridges are strong and open so glucose is easily and quickly fed to the cells so the glucose in the blood stays within normal limits. In a diabetic, that isn't working. Sometimes injecting insulin will force better bridging to happen. Eating low carb (not no-carb, we all need some carbs to live), getting daily exercise to help the cells burn off glucose, getting enough sleep--all help to keep glucose under better control but sometimes extra insulin is needed, not always.
Answer #5 | 06/01 2014 01:38
Cyp has the very simplest explanation that points out that Insulin does not break down rather is just the medium for glucose to enter out cells and be used by the body. And Good luck with your research however, not to put you down but Yes, Diabetes is a complicated disease that has also baffled a lot of researchers but maybe one day maybe you can finally find all the answers so always dream big!
Answer #6 | 06/01 2014 00:44
Glucose is energy for the body, the body wants glucose but insulin is what allows a cell to absorb glucose and use it for energy. The body wants to preserve glucose and the kidneys actively reclaim it from the urine but the reclamation becomes overloaded when blood glucose reaches 160-180 mg/dl and the kidney starts dumping glucose. The liver can convert glucose into glycerides which are more compact, eventually cells will compact the glycerides further as fats. The body does not want to break down glucose.

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