Maintenance And Diagnosis Of Spontaneous Iddm In Diabetesprone Bb Rats

This protocol describes the procurement and husbandry of BB rats, diagnosis of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), treatment and care of diabetic animals, and his-topathological evaluation of insulitis. The methods in this protocol are common to all the models of IDDM in this unit. Diabetes is diagnosed clinically by documenting a sustained increase in blood glucose concentration. Insulitis invariably precedes the development of diabetes, but does not always progress to diabetes. Insulitis is diagnosed morphologically by assessment of mononuclear cell infiltration of pancreatic islets (see Support Protocol 1). Overt hyperglycemia occurs only when >90% of the P cell mass in the pancreas has been destroyed.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

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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