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Glucose is a sugar (-ose) that is found in many foods and drinks, along with other types of sugar like fructose. Glucose-replacement tablets are used when the body cannot process glucose normally because the body is not producing enough insulin to allow transport of glucose into the cells. Insulin acts like a key to open the cell's "door".

Glucose in itself does not cause Diabetes. But excess sugars can lead to obesity. That, in turn, can decrease the body's ability to produce enough insulin to go through the blood and "pick up" all the glucose. You see, insulin is like when two kids give a "piggy back ride"; insulin picks up glucose and carries it like a piggy back ride to the cell. Then, the insulin "opens" the cell wall to allow permeability-- the ability for the cell to allow substances to pass through to the inside.

In diabetes, glucose gets so high, all the insulin can do is hurry and run back and forth, picking up new glucose, giving it a piggy back ride to the cell, unlocking the door, and taking the glucose into the cell... then, leaving immediately to go grab another glucose molecule and repeating the piggy back ride again and again.

Soon, the insulin gets overworked. The pancreas, where insulin is made, gets tired. The pancreas gives up; it can't make enough insulin to keep having the insulin do its job. By then, the person has already gone from a pre-diabetic state to full diabetes.

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