Diabetes expert will speak to the general public at presidential lecture series

It would be a great opportunity for general public to hear from the leading diabetes expert Dr. C. Ronald Kahn, on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the 7th Annual Presidential Distinguished Lecture series at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

His address is titled “Tracking the Metabolic Syndrome to its Molecular Origins.”

The lecture will begin at 11 a.m. in the UT Health Science Center Auditorium, Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, at 7703 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center. It is free and open to the general public.

At present Dr. Khan is attached with Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Where he is famous for finding the molecular mechanisms of insulin and how insulin interact at the cellular level.

Insulin is a hormone. And like many hormones, insulin is a protein. It is secreted by groups of cells within the pancreas called islet cells.

Without insulin, we can eat lots of food and actually be in a state of starvation since many of our cells cannot access the calories contained in the glucose very well without the action of insulin.

This is why Type 1 diabetics who do not make insulin can become very ill without insulin shots.
Cells of Type 2 diabetics respond sluggishly to the insulin they make and therefore their cells cannot absorb the sugar molecules well.  This leads to blood sugar levels which run higher than normal. Occasionally Type 2 diabetics will need insulin shots but most of the time other methods of treatment will work. (Source: EndocrineWeb.com)

Source: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. [www.bizjournals.com/gen/company.html?gcode=88BE228336B841849D75EB4B51E82BA1]

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