Type 2 Diabetes, Illustration

Type 2 Diabetes, Illustration

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Caption: Illustration of insulin and glucose production in Type 2 diabetes. Insulin (purple triangles) is produced by islet cells in the pancreas, and acts in unison with glucose (red dots) to regulate energy in the body's cells. In Type 2 Diabetes, as shown here, the body develops high blood glucose levels due to insulin resistance or relative insulin deficiency. Also shown in the diagram are glucose transporters (GLUT-4), and the insulin receptors.

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