Andrea: The Death of a Diabetic
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
In chronicling the life and death of a woman who developed diabetes as a teenager, this case study explores such basic science topics as metabolism, hormones, cell receptors, eye anatomy, and immunology as well as issues in nutrition, exercise, stem cell research, transplantation, drug delivery systems, genetic engineering, and health care. The case has been used in a physiology course as part of a unit on metabolism and hormonal control.
- To learn the functions of the pancreas, especially the endocrine functions.
- To learn the function of insulin and glucagon in the regulation of blood sugar.
- To learn about the complex activities regulating nutrients in the body, especially the interactions of the liver, gut, adrenal gland, pancreas, and body cells.
- To learn how high blood sugar over the long term affects the organs, especially the cardiovascular system.
- To learn about the structure of the eye and how diabetes affects vision.
KeywordsDiabetes mellitus; juvenile diabetes; diabetic; Type 1; Type I; Islets of Langerhans; endocrine; blood sugar; glucagon; insulin; pancreas
Educational LevelUndergraduate lower division, General public & informal education
Type / MethodsDirected
Subject HeadingsPhysiology | Biology (General) | Medicine (General) |
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