A Primer on In­sulin

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What is in­sulin? How does it work?

In­sulin is a hor­mone se­creted by the beta cells of the pan­creas. It is an im­por­tant reg­u­la­tor of car­bo­hy­drate me­tab­o­lism. It acts like a key, by ‘open­ing’ the cells of the body to take up glu­cose

What is in­sulin re­sis­tance?

When the body’s cells re­spond poorly to the ac­tion of in­sulin, the con­di­tion is known as in­sulin re­sis­tance. It can de­velop be­cause of fac­tors such as obe­sity or ge­netic and en­docrine disor­ders

What are the symp­toms?

Un­for­tu­nately, con­di­tions such as in­sulin re­sis­tance and pre­di­a­betes do not have any symp­toms. For ex­am­ple, pre­di­a­betes can only be di­ag­nosed dur­ing a lab­o­ra­tory test of blood glu­cose lev­els

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