PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What is glucose?

ANSWER

Glucose comes from the Greek word for "sweet." It's a type of sugar you get from foods you eat, and your body uses it for energy. As it travels through your bloodstream to your cells, it's called blood glucose or blood sugar.

From: What Is Glucose? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "The Liver's Role: How It Processes Fats and Carbs."

American Foundation for the Blind: "What is the Difference Between Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia?"

Group Health: "How Our Bodies Turn Food Into Energy."

Insel, P. 2004. Nutrition,

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Goals for Blood Glucose Control," "High Blood Glucose: What it Means and How to Treat it."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes," "Your Guide to Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2."

NCBI: "Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th Edition."

UCSF: "The Liver & Blood Sugar."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 13, 2016

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "The Liver's Role: How It Processes Fats and Carbs."

American Foundation for the Blind: "What is the Difference Between Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia?"

Group Health: "How Our Bodies Turn Food Into Energy."

Insel, P. 2004. Nutrition,

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Goals for Blood Glucose Control," "High Blood Glucose: What it Means and How to Treat it."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes," "Your Guide to Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2."

NCBI: "Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th Edition."

UCSF: "The Liver & Blood Sugar."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 13, 2016

NEXT QUESTION:

What is insulin?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: