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Diabetes and New Insulins

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal. Glucose is produced in the body from the foods that you eat. The pancreas, an organ located in the abdomen just behind the stomach, produces insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes glucose from the bloodstream and carries it inside your body’s cells where it is used for energy.

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin. Sometimes it is a combination of both problems. In either case, the result is that glucose does not enter the cells and builds up in the blood.

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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