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Hypoglycemia HTML5

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Summary

This animation illustrates the hyperglycemic action of glucagon-α produced by cells of the pancreas during hypoglycemia.

The primary target organ of glucagon is the liver. In liver cells, glycogenolysis is stimulated. Glucose, previously stored as glycogen, is released into the blood.

Click on the pancreas and liver to illustrate how these organs are responding to hyperglycemia.

Learning goals

  • To illustrate a principle example of homeostasis.
  • To discuss an example of hormonal communication.
  • To discover glucose metabolism.

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In the absence of intestinal absorption of glucose, such as during fasting, there is change in a parameter of the internal environment: blood sugar. The regulation of this parameter illustrates an…

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