Insulin : Insulin And Corrective Diets

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Craig Fischer
Dr. Xuemin Wang
CHEM 4712-001
4 May, 2015
Insulin in the Human Body
Produced by beta cells in the pancreas, insulin is vital to humans’ existence. By regulating the cellular intake of glucose from the blood stream, insulin regulates the levels of sugar in the blood. It seems a very nominal process; however, disrupting the body’s production or response to insulin can have very dire consequences. Type 1 diabetes is when the body no longer produces insulin, and if left untreated, glucose, from food, and kentones, from fat degradation, will build up in the individual’s bloodstream. If left untreated, the condition is fatal. Type 2 diabetes is when the body’s cells are no longer responsive, or have a lessoned response, to insulin. Such a condition can cause poor circulation, resulting in amputations, and ailments such as blindness. Type 2 diabetes can also be fatal. Thus, even though synthetic insulin and corrective diets are available for diabetics, more research is needed to find ways to regenerate beta cells for individuals with type 1 diabetes. On a personal note, this subject matter appeals to me, because my younger brother had type 1 diabetes, and if enough people put hard work into researching this disease, maybe one day they will have a cure.

Introduction: Previous to the 1920s most children with type 1 diabetes died within a year of their diagnosis, and adults fared little better with less than a ten year life-span post prognosis (1, The
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