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Diabetes and Potassium Levels

Diabetes and Potassium

Potassium is a mineral that is often referred to as an electrolyte. These are electrically charged particles that are used by the cells to maintain voltage across the cell membranes of the body. They carry nerve impulses to other cells. Some other electrolytes in the body are chloride, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. Kidneys help in […]

Causes of Different Types of Diabetes Mellitus

Causes of Diabetes

Theoretically, diabetes mellitus (DM) can be divided into primary and secondary types. The primary types include type 1 (insulin-dependent DM, IDDM), type 2 (non-insulin-dependent DM, NIDDM), and gestational DM. The secondary types of DM are the disorders, which secondarily give rise to DM. This article will be discussing the causes for primary types first, followed […]

Glucosamine and Diabetes

Glucosamine and Diabetes

Glucosamine is a type of simple sugar but, unlike glucose and other simple sugars, it doesn’t seem to affect insulin sensitivity or blood glucose levels to the same degree as glucose does.  There has been some research to indicate that glucosamine worsened insulin resistance, resulting in an increase in blood glucose levels; however, later research […]

Insulin vs Glucagon

Insulin vs Glucagon

Insulin and glucagon have both similarities and differences.  Both are hormones secreted by the pancreas but they are made from different types of cells in the pancreas.  Both help manage the blood glucose levels in the body but they have opposite effects.  Both respond to blood glucose levels but they have opposite effects. Each of […]

Insulin and Potassium

Insulin has a number of actions on the body besides lowering your blood glucose levels.  Insulin suppresses the breakdown and buildup of glycogen, which is the storage form of glucose, it blocks fat metabolism and the release of fatty acids, and it puts potassium into the cells by activating the sodium-potassium cellular channels.  Insulin stimulates […]

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