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How do cells derive energy from the food we eat? How does the body continue to function after we have stopped eating or when we are hungry? In this course, we will explore the processes by which the nutrients from the food we eat are absorbed and utilized by the body. We will discover how and where nutrients are shuttled into and out of storage in different tissues to maintain adequate glucose levels and preserve the vital functions that keep us alive. Finally, we will look at the big picture: how our lifestyle choices affect the biochemical processes in our cells. This course is intended for high school science instructors as part of the Teaching the Great Diseases program. Pre-requisites: It is recommended (but not required) that students have a basic understanding of macronutrient structures.This course aligns with Metabolic Disease Unit 2 (Lessons 2.2-2.5) of the Great Diseases high school curriculum.

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  • School of Medicine - Public Health & Professional Degrees