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What is glucose?

Glucose is a sugar that comes from food. It travels through the bloodstream to the cells in the body, where it's turned into energy. Cells need a hormone called insulin, which is made in the pancreas, to allow glucose in.

Glucose is a simple form of sugar that serves as fuel for the body. It is produced when carbohydrate is broken down in the digestive system. It can also be made from protein or fat in the liver and kidney. Glucose is carried by the blood to cells. The amount of glucose in the blood is known as the blood glucose level.

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