Losing control over sugar

A common pollutant and sweetener mess with important hormones

By Stephen Ornes, 10:00 AM March 1, 2012

Inside your body, sugar goes hand-in-hand with a substance called insulin. A type of hormone, insulin regulates the activity of cells and tissues. It calls the shots after you devour that delicious donut, helping organs pluck a type of sugar called glucose from the bloodstream. When insulin is missing or doesn’t do its job, sugar accumulates in the blood instead of getting into and feeding cells. This throws the body’s balance out of whack, causing a disease called diabetes.

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