n Diabetes Lifestyle - Some reflections on insulin and diabetes : Paul's side of the fence - commentary




Insulin is a vital and powerful hormone. In minute, physiological quantities it will signal our body to move the digested products of carbohydrates (glucose), fats (fatty acids) and proteins (amino acids), from the food that we eat, out of our blood and into our cells. Without insulin we literally starve. It is really quite amazing that such a small amount of something (a few drops over each day) can have such a profound effect. Insulin also performs many other functions at the same time. These include the promotion of growth, the suppression or control of the production of glucose by the liver (unless needed while 'fasting' overnight) and the inhibition of the enzyme that releases energy stored as fat.


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