Insulin Definition

Insulin Definition

Insulin 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 insulin.  Those with type 2 […]

Hba1c Normal Range

Hba1c Normal Range

The hemoglobin A1c, also known as the HgbA1c or glycated hemoglobin level, is a measurement of the amount of sugar found on hemoglobin.  Because red blood cells containing hemoglobin live only about 120 days, the test only measures how “sugar-coated” the red blood cell hemoglobin has been over the previous 2-3 months.  The test is […]

Insulin Injection Sites

Insulin Injection Sites

If you use insulin, you will have various injection sites for use in injecting exogenous insulin.  The most common site for injecting insulin is the stomach or abdomen.  Other common areas include the upper part of the arms, the upper aspect of the hips or buttocks, and the outer aspect of the thighs.  These are […]

Diabetic Dermopathy

Diabetic Dermopathy

Diabetic dermopathy is a condition associated with the skin of diabetics.  The lesions of diabetic dermopathy look light brown or red in color, are round or oval in shape, and are slightly indented and scaly patches that are more commonly found on the shins of diabetic patients.  They can occur at any time but tend […]

Functions of insulin

Functions of insulin

Insulin 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 energy so they must use […]

Diabetes and Omega-3

omega 3

When it comes to diabetes and omega-3s, the two do and do not get along together really well. It is like a fifty-fifty situation. The inference contained in this article is “better be safe than sorry.” Because of the conflicting shreds of evidence regarding the use of omega 3 fatty acids in Diabetes, it is […]

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