January 2009
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2009);2009, Issue 21, p1208
Reference Entry
An encyclopedia entry for "insulin" is presented. The term pertains to a hormone secreted by the beta cells of the pancreas that regulates the metabolism and cellular absorption of sugars, proteins and fats. Insulin can also function as a drug to control type 1 diabetes mellitus, as well as in the care of patients with gestational diabetes. Information on the physiology of insulin secretion by the pancreas and insulin preparations is detailed. Also defined are related terms like "insulin analogue," "insulin glargine" and "insulin aspart."


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