Sugar High - Type I Diabetes and Leptin
Twenty-seventh monthly installment of our "What A Year!" website project, introducing life science breakthroughs to middle and high school students and their teachers. Glucose, the simplest form of sugar our bodies can use, is produced from or contained in the food we eat. If glucose circulating in our bloodstream is not "taken up" into cells and organs, it can cause severe problems. People with Type I diabetes do not produce sufficient insulin to manage this glucose uptake, so they may have to take insulin injections. But there may be another way - leptin regulation.