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Diabetes mellitus is caused by impaired insulin function and leads to high glucose levels in the blood. High blood glucose levels leads to dehydration and life-threatening changes in blood pH. These changes cause severe long-term effects on the body. Diabetes is one of today’s chronic diseases reaching an epidemic health crisis.


These lessons are part of a larger unit (included in the Master Model on the USB drive) that work to answer the question: What is the role of insulin in the body and how does its impaired function contribute to diabetes? The lessons included in this BlueBox explore two sub questions:

1) How does diabetes result from impaired insulin and insulin-related proteins function?

2) How is insulin manufactured and engineered for medicinal purposes?