Figure 175

Production of epidermal growth factor (EGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I), and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) by various tissues. EGF, IGF-I, and HGF have all been demonstrated to improve outcomes in various animal models of acute renal failure (ARF). All three growth-promoting factors are produced in the kidneys and in a variety of other organs. The local production is probably most important for recovery from an acute renal insult. The influence of production in other organs in the setting of ARF has yet to be determined. This chapter deals primarily with local production and actions of EGF, IGF-I, and HGF.

Diabetes 2

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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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