The body breaks down most carbohydrates from the foods we eat and converts them to a type of sugar called glucose. Glucose is the main source of fuel for our cells. When the body doesn't need to use the glucose for energy, it stores it in the liver and muscles. This stored form of glucose is made up of many connected glucose molecules and is called glycogen. When the body needs a quick boost of energy or when the body isn't getting glucose from food, glycogen is broken down to release glucose into the bloodstream to be used as fuel for the cells.
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This 30-second video features Dr. Carlos Villavicencio of Seattle Children’s Hospital giving tips for preventing window falls.
Este video de 30 segundos presenta los consejos del doctor Carlos Villavicencio, de Seattle Children's Hospital, para prevenir caídas desde ventanas.
Dr. Carin Cunningham, a psychologist who specializes in treating gastrointestinal diseases, offers insights into the emotional and psychological toll inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can take. Families affected by IBD share how they have learned to better deal with their child's illness.