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What Do Your Hormones Have to Do With Diabetes?


Published September 4, 2018

Most of us have heard that high blood sugar causes diabetes. But what causes high blood sugar? And what does that mean for getting diabetes type 2 or prediabetes under control? Diabetes begins with a hormone secreted by the pancreas: insulin. Insulin escorts blood sugar to your body’s cells and asks the cells to open and take the sugar in from the blood for metabolization into energy. But for various reasons, insulin may gradually become less effective, and allow more and more sugar to remain in the blood. If that situation isn’t corrected, you will develop insulin resistance. The hormone will stop working, blood sugar will increasingly accumulate in the blood, and you will end up with diabetes. Other hormones may also contribute to insulin resistance. You’ll probably be given medications to help control blood sugar, but effectively correcting the problem will probably require restoring the hormones involved to their proper levels. Read more…

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