The Gut-Diabetes Connections

Majid Ali, M.D.

Simply stated, the risk of all disorders of the alimentary tract increases in diabetes.

The Gut-Diabetes Connections

 The Gut-Diabetes Connections

  • Throat
  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Large intestine

Digestion starts within the mouth by the action of the enzymes in saliva. It then takes full effect within the stomach and some nutrients are also absorbed into the bloodstream here. Partially digested food known as chyme then undergoes further digestion mainly in the first part of the small intestine known as the duodenum. The small intestine, or small bowel, is the longest part of the gut and gradually the food is completely digested and almost all the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream.

Mechanisms of gut-diabetes connections

Insulin toxicity which precedes Type 2 diabetes injures blood vessels, nerves, and the muscuature of the intestinal tract. In addition it causes dysfunction of brain centers involved in the digestive-absorptive functions of the gut.


Read more in the articles in Dr. Ali’s Diabetes Course





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