Homework Help

How glucose is converted  into energy?

user profile pic

fakeyelid | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 22, 2010 at 12:02 AM via web

dislike 1 like

How glucose is converted  into energy?

2 Answers | Add Yours

Top Answer

user profile pic

giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2010 at 1:29 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

Glucose and oxygen are two vital substances for the body.
With glucose "fuel", the body produces heat, the muscles will shrink and brain is developing its main function.
The brain needs 140g daily and this is also the only substance the brain "eats".


How glucose becomes energy?
The main store of glucose is the liver.

From here it is transported, with blood, to all cells. As to be transformed into energy, that is to penetrate the cells in order to be burned, glucose requires the action of a hormone, called insulin.


When there is not enough insulin, because the pancreas does not produce it,glucose accumulates in the blood, at a high level, instead of being used by cells. From here, the problems start.

user profile pic

etotheeyepi | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted February 17, 2012 at 4:40 AM (Answer #2)

dislike 0 like

I would expect that glucose would produce heat if one were to add a little sulfuric acid.

On the other hand, if one means to ask how do cells convert glucose into energy, then one would say by cellular respiration, which is a process by which enzymes break the chemical bonds in the glucose molecule and produce ATP or other forms of energy.

This article has pictures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellular_respiration

 

 

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes