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The Hormone Connection
By: Jacqueline M. Duda

Did you know? Insulin was the first hormone identified by scientists back in the 1920s. And it's been a lifesaver in diabetes treatment and management. But in recent years scientists have been making even more amazing discoveries about how other hormones, like amylin, glucagon, cortisol, and ephinephrine (more on those in a minute), also play a critical role. These hormones work together like a finely tuned symphony to keep glucose control tight and to keep your body going.

*Remember to eat healthy foods, stay active, and check your blood sugar regularly. Talk with your doctor about the best ways to manage your diabetes and stay in the best of health.

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Reviewed by Jason C. Baker, MD 11/13.


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