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Glucose

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Updated July 28, 2006

Definition:

Glucose is known as a monosaccharide or "simple" sugar. It occurs mainly in plant and animal tissue. It is usually found in the blood and is the principal source of energy for most living things.

Glucose in the blood is a product of digestion and is taken into the cells for energy production which in turn fuels most of our bodily functions.

Also Known As: Blood Sugar
Examples:
It is important for people diagnosed with diabetes to check their blood glucose regularly.

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