Insulin, the pancreas-produced
hormone that prevents diabetes
when given intravenously to
patients with severe burns, speeds
up the healing process (New
Scientist, Voll48, No 2006).
In the case of severe burns, the stress hormones that are released break down the body's sugar reserves, releasing large amounts of sugar in the blood stream. This in turn hampers the immune system's ability to clear dead cells and heal the wounds. Insulin reverses this effect by regulating the breaking down of sugar.
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