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Glucose and Diabetes

Glucose is a simple sugar which is your body's prime source of energy. The digestive process turns the carbohydrates of the meal you just ate into this glucose which is then distributed throughout your body via the bloodstream. Thus, "blood sugar".

Some of the blood sugar is used by the brain which requires a constant supply of glucose. And there are other cells in your body which also need immediate energy. However, these only account for a portion of the blood sugar. The rest is stored in the liver and muscles as a starch called "glycogen", or in adipose tissue as "fat" to be used later. The glycogen will be turned back into glucose as your body's energy needs require it. The normal body maintains an even balance of sugar in the blood so as to satisfy the body's energy needs. 

Any disruption in this delicate balance creates a chemical imbalance:  HYPOGLYCEMIA - too low blood sugar level; or HYPERGLYCEMIA - too high blood sugar level.

Insulin, the hormone secreted by the Pancreas, is what maintains the proper levels of blood sugar.  It is the vital component necessary for the smooth transition of glucose into the cells for energy; whether it is the glucose used immediately or the stored glycogen to be used later.  It is a full time job for the pancreas. However, when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to create a proper release of glycogen from the liver to the bloodstream the result is high blood sugar, or DIABETES.
Update April 18, 2013
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