Medicine: Telltale Sugar

Metabolism is the dynamic process whereby the body uses food for energy, growth and repairs. Chief regulator of metabolism is the thyroid gland, two small lobes of spongy tissue which straddle the windpipe. Doctors have long worried over the relation between: 1) metabolism; 2) supercharging of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism); 3) diabetes. In hyperthyroidism, bodily functions are stepped up, and food is rapidly consumed in a roaring fire of metabolism. After meals, sugars (including digested starches) pile up in the bloodstream. Some of the sugars are converted into furious nervous energy. The...

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