Diabetes and Blindness

Diabetes and Blindness

Diabetes is linked to blindness because of a number of eye diseases that are directly related to having diabetes and especially to having diabetes that isn’t under the best of control.  Diabetes can cause damage to most of the parts of the eye, including the optic nerve, lens, macula, and retina. The four most common […]

High Triglyceride Diet

High Triglyceride Diet

There is no reason to have a high triglyceride diet.  Diets that are high in triglycerides are also higher in other types of fat, such as cholesterol and eating a high triglyceride diet can result in complications, including heart disease that can manifest itself in having a heart attack, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease. There […]

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 […]

Signs of Diabetes in Children

The most common type of diabetes in children is type 1 diabetes, although, as children are becoming more and more obese, the incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing.  Type 1 diabetes in children is considered an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system cells are acting against the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, also […]

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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