By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 27, 2021) – In Issue 2021-143 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about processing sugar/glucose in our body for energy to run on.


Are anabolic hormones important?

It is not a trick question.

If you answered yes, you get to fight another day.

Insulin, the body’s primary anabolic hormone is produced naturally in the pancreas.  Insulin regulates most of our metabolisms – largely the absorption of glucose.  Aside from some specific nutrients and certain fats, it is all the same for the bacteria in your gut, a Big Mac or a fancy steak, or a peach, or a salad, all will be primarily converted into glucose.  Then the glucose is absorbed from the blood into muscle, fat, and liver as directed by insulin.  That drives our energy and makes you go.

It took two Canadians, Banting and Best, eh?, working at the University of Toronto to isolate insulin 100 years ago today. They then proved its effects using not guinea pigs, but diabetic dogs.  The rest is history.

Here is Mitchell’s map of Upper Canada, mostly of Ontario including Toronto, from 1850.

Map of Upper Canada – 1850 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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