volume 18, issue 1, P205 2014
DOI: 10.1186/cc13737
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Mark P Plummer, Marianne J Chapman, Michael Horowitz, Adam M Deane

Abstract: Hyperglycaemia occurs frequently in the critically ill, even in those patients without a history of diabetes. The mechanisms underlying hyperglycaemia in this group are complex and incompletely defined. In health, the gastrointestinal tract is an important modulator of postprandial glycaemic excursions and both the rate of gastric emptying and the so-called incretin hormones, glucagon-like peptide-1 and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, are pivotal determinants of postprandial glycaemia. Incretin-b…

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