When you eat food, glucose gets absorbed from your intestines and distributed by the bloodstream to all of the cells in your body. Your body tries to keep a constant supply of glucose for your cells by maintaining a constant glucose concentration in your blood -- otherwise, your cells would have more than enough glucose right after a meal and starve in between meals and overnight. So, when you have an oversupply of glucose, your body stores the excess in the liver and muscles by making glycogen , long chains of glucose. When glucose is in short supply, your body mobilizes glucose from stored glycogen and/or stimulates you to eat food. The key is to maintain a constant blood-glucose level.
Beautifully written. My son, now 15, became diabetic in 2nd grade, and it hits some children *much* younger. I’ve talked to parents who literally had to tackle their toddler son to attach a new pump, and others who’s daughter was prone to seizures at night. Every school lunch, play date, field trip — any time a young diabetic is away from parental control for more than a brief interval — must be carefully planned for safety. Many private schools do not have full time nursing staff and will not accept diabetics. If a child has diabetes and any variety of special needs, good luck.