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What is A1c?

What is A1c?

Last updated on June 19th, 2016Hemoglobin A1c is a blood test that is used to screen patients for prediabetes and diabetes.  It is also called the glycated hemoglobin level or the A1c level.   It is made when the high blood glucose levels attach themselves to hemoglobin, forming “sugar-coated” hemoglobin.  The greater the average glucose levels, […]

Insulin Definition

Insulin Definition

Last updated on June 19th, 2016Insulin is a protein secreted by the islet cells of the pancreas.  It is used to allow glucose to enter the cells of the body to be used for cellular metabolism.  People who have type 1 diabetes have antibodies that have destroyed the islet cells so they no longer make […]

Functions of insulin

Functions of insulin

Last updated on June 24th, 2016Insulin is a protein-based hormone that is made by the beta cells of the pancreas.  Most people know that insulin is the hormone that helps the body’s cells put glucose into the cells for use as cellular fuel.  In the absence of insulin, the cells do not have enough biochemical […]

Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) Supplementation For Diabetic Neuropathy

Last updated on June 24th, 2016Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), also called gamolenic acid is an essential omega-6 fatty acid. It is synthesized from linoleic acid, through the process of dehydration via an enzyme called d6 desaturase. Omega-6 fatty acids together with Omega-3 fatty acids are collectively known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). These are necessary to […]

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