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Doctor insights on: How Does Insulin Work In The Body

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How does the time-released insulin humulin work in the body?

How does the time-released insulin humulin work in the body?

Not time released: Humalin is a "long acting" Insulin with a peak at 8-12 hours. It peaks at dirrerent times in different individuals as well as interpersonal variation day to day which is why it is difficult to regulate hepatic glucose production. A truely time released or better stated: even dose Insulin like glargine (lantus) avoids peaks in Insulin and lows in glucose and is therefore safer. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more


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How does buprenorphine work in the body ?

How does buprenorphine work in the body ?

On Opiate receptors: It works an mu receptor, to reduce pain, or prevent withdrawal from pain killers, and it blocks kappa receptor to reduce issues with respiratory depression. ...Read more

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How does the body use glucose?

How does the body use glucose?

For fuel: It is utilized by the body much as a car utilizes gasoline. The energy produced by the breakdown of glucose provides the energy needed to run all the body's cellular functions, such as contracting muscles, etc. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism that the body uses to create fat cells in adults? And how does the body choose where to produce/store fat?

What is the mechanism that the body uses to create fat cells in adults? And how does the body choose where to produce/store fat?

Physiology: You are asking us a question that would take a whole textbook to answer. This forum is not designed to teach you science or provide you with a whole textbook lesson on physiology. We are happy to answer specific question about specific symptoms or problems. But you are asking something that we cannot answer specifically in only 400 characters. ...Read more

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How does cortisol affect the body in general?

How does cortisol affect the body in general?

Antiinflammatory : Cortisol is a very important anti-inflammatory hormone secreted by your adrenal cortex. It is natures prednisone. Too little cortisol can manifest as low blood sugar, inflammation, anorexia and other symptoms (this would be called and adrenal crisis) too much cortisol = muscle wasting, osteoporosis, weight gain, high blood sugar, and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Does a kidney affect how the insulin is absorbed into the body?

Does a kidney affect how the insulin is absorbed into the body?

No: The kidneys are responsible for the breakdown of Insulin whether it is secreted normally by the pancreas or taking by injection in a person with diabetes. If the kidneys begin to fail the breakdown of Insulin is slowed. In this setting a person with diabetes may need to take less insulin. ...Read more

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How does acyclovir work in the body?

How does acyclovir work in the body?

Anti viral: Acyclovir is an antiviral agent (does not work on bacteria). It works on the dna in the virus itself causing death. It is often used in treating shingles and other viral-type conditions. ...Read more

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How much iron does the body produce in order to maintain healthiness?

How much iron does the body produce in order to maintain healthiness?

Diet: The body gets it from the diet. It does recycle iron, when it breaks down red blood cells. It also stores iron in the bone marrow. The good sources of iron, are red meats. Milk unfortunately is iron poor. Fresh green vegetables like spinach provide iron but not as rich and user friendly as red meats. ...Read more

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Where and how does gas affect the body?

Where and how does gas affect the body?

Gas production: I am assuming flatus and burping, the gas has to be produced by one of three things: 1. Activity by bacteria usually in colon multiple u tube videos showing this 2. Swallowing the air during the act of eating or chewing 3. Inserting gas into body there is no adverse effects as long as it passes naturally most people pass flatus approximately 14 x a day. ...Read more

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How does a diaphragm work in the body?

How does a diaphragm work in the body?

As a barrier: The diaphragm acts as a barrier to prevent sperm from getting into the uterus and joining with eggs to prevent pregnancy. Diaphragms should be used with a spermacide gel or cream to make them more effective. ...Read more

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How does your body release the energy that is stored in your fat cells?

How does your body release the energy that is stored in your fat cells?

Adipose: Triglycerides in adipose cells are hydrolised by enzymes to release glycerol and fatty acids. ...Read more

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How does Clomid (clomiphene) work to "trick the brain" into thinking the levels of estrogen in the body are low?

How does Clomid (clomiphene) work to "trick the brain" into thinking the levels of estrogen in the body are low?

Receptors: Clomid (clomiphene) binds to the estrogen receptors. Normally estrogen binds to those receptors. But the Clomid (clomiphene) does not bind in the same way and so the end result is that the receptors are not as active. And so the body then does not think there is a lot of estrogen around so the brain makes more fsh to grow eggs and more more estrogen. ...Read more

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How is oxygen carried to cells all over the body? How long does that take?

How is oxygen carried to cells all over the body? How long does that take?

Via hemoglobin: within red blood cells. It happens continuously as blood circulates. ...Read more

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Generally speaking, how much of all vitamins specifically does my body need daily and how of the vitamins does my body absorb?

Generally speaking, how much of all vitamins specifically does my body need daily and how of the vitamins does my body absorb?

Depends on person.: It varies between individuals depending on the health of one's digestive system, which requires adequate stomach acid, small intestine enzymes, and good bacteria (e.g., acidophilus) in gut. Consider a nutritional test where nutrient concentrations are measured at cellular level (e.g., spectracell). Check rda for minimum requirements. Use professional sources for best quality products and results. ...Read more

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If we do weight training, does the body body burn the extra fats and use it as energy for the muscles?

If we do weight training, does the body body burn the extra fats and use it as energy for the muscles?

Kind of....: Not while you are working out. Adding lean muscle will increase you metabolism. In fact, for every pound of lean muscle you gain, you burn 69 extra kcal per day. Unless you are working out extremely hard (using all your stored sugar) or in the morning before eating, you won't really utilize fat for energy (you'll use protein first). ...Read more

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How does Plan B work, and how long does the medication stay in your body?

How does Plan B work, and how long does the medication stay in your body?

Preventing ovulation: The medication works by inhibitting ovulation. Thus, no egg, no pregnancy! the half-life of the medication varies greatly ranging from 11 to 45 hours and so it is difficult to say for sure. Based on this, it stays in the body for about 2.5 days to just over 1 wk. If you still have question, post it here or consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does Mylanta affect the way diabetic drugs work in your body as far as how they work?

Does Mylanta affect the way diabetic drugs work in your body as far as how they work?

Mylanta: Mylanta is unlikely to be related to diabetes. If you have symptoms that are of concern to you, a visit to your doctor would be in order. You can also go online and learn what the effects of Mylanta would be. Most often very helpful. ...Read more

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How does the body react to an increase in stress?

How does the body react to an increase in stress?

Stress & the body: It prepares for action by activating the autonomic nervous system & numerous hormones. Stress can cause muscle tension, cold hands & feet, increased heart rate, rapid and shallow breathing, stomach upset, headaches, dry mouth, increased sweating, mind racing, & insomnia. Chronic stress decreases immune functions and contributes to numerous illnesses. ...Read more

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