A question about insulin

  1. Can anybody tell me if the insulin molecule assists in glucose transfer more then once, and then what happens to it after it's done it's job? I'm collaborating on a lesson plan for diabetes and need this bit of information to complete a story line. Thanks Claudette
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  3. by   hoolahan
    Oh Spud.... doesn't this have to do with the Krebs cycle? (I would have to break out my chemistry book to answer this one, and it is packed away somewhere gathering dust!) I call spud b/c spudflake has been giving the checistry tutoring replies here if memory serves correctly.

    Sorry.
  4. by   KellyandtheBoys
    From what I understand, the answer would be no. The insulin drives the glucose (and potassium ) into the cell. And that is it for that molecule of insulin forever. I don't know what happens to it after that. I think it gets metabolized somehow. But, this is my great understanding of insulin.
  5. by   Claudette
    That's kind of what I thought, just wasn't sure. Thanks a million.
  6. by   misti_z
    Originally posted by KellyandtheBoys
    From what I understand, the answer would be no. The insulin drives the glucose (and potassium ) into the cell. And that is it for that molecule of insulin forever. I don't know what happens to it after that. I think it gets metabolized somehow. But, this is my great understanding of insulin.
    I agree with kelly. I believe though that it maybe metabolized in the liver........but I would have to break out the chem books too.

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