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Links to Medical Literature, Textbooks and  Websites

Websites for students and physicians:

Medscape:  Diabetes and Endocrinology

Medscape is perhaps the world's leading source for medical news and up-to-date information.  This section is dedicated to the control of metabolism and related illnesses.  Many other areas are available.  New users must register; this is gratis. 

Medical Biochemistry

Professor Michael W. King's extensive site for medical students.  Features a beautiful "interactive text book" highlighting most of  the elements of medical biochemistry.


Articles and Lectures

Metabolic Regulation during Exercise, Transcription Factor EB:  Mansueto, Cell Metabolism (2016).

A new discovered transcription factor appears to coordinate mitochondrial function and carbohydrate and lipid metabolism during exercise.  These findings present a new mechanism of regulation of energy metabolism.   Chick here to call up the article.


Emerging therapeutic targets for T2DM

This "web collection" from Nature Reviews Endocrinology (February 2014) covers important recent research and literature concerning this very prevalent disease.  Some new therapeutic targets have emerged during the past decade and are discussed here.  A "must" for both practitioners and researchers.  Click here to call up this site.

AMPK, the major regulator of metabolism?

AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) has long been known to be a critical controller of metabolism.  It is regulated allosterically by adenine nucleotides and through phosphorylation by hormone-activated upstream kinases.  A special issue of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology "AMPK and the endocrine control of metabolism"  was published in January 2013.  Eleven excellent review articles covering AMPK's control of insulin secretion, liver, muscle and adipose metabolism and appetite regulation in the hypothalamus can be called up here.

Management of Hyperglycemia in type 2 Diabetes, a new Position Statement from the ADA and EASD, October 2012.

There have come many new pharmacological agents and life-style suggestions for control of type 2 diabetes during the past few years.  The American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes have published a new position statement regarding these various methods of treatment.  Click here to call up that publication.


Metabolic Regulation, a Human Perspective, Keith N. Frayn;  2nd ed., 2003, Blackwell Science, Malden, MA.

Pocket Atlas of Nutrition, H. K. Biesalski and P. Grimm;  3rd ed., 2004,  Thieme New York, N. Y.

These two books are concise and, at the same time, give excellent overviews of our anatomy, physiological functions, and energy requirements throughout life. 

Frayn's book is a joy to read.  It gives an up-to-date insight into our metabolism and the factors controlling this.  The anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of our daily live are most clearly explained with just the right degree of details.  The Pocket Atlas of Nutrition, in spite of its title, gives an unusually rich insight into our functions and combines anatomy, physiology and biochemistry in a series of detailed but clear diagrams and good texts.  Distribution of nutrients in food sources is extremely well documented as are bodily requirements from birth to old age.  Good balanced arguments for and against supplements are presented. 

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