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Allen's law (Frederick Madison Allen)

Alternative eponyms

  • Allen's paradoxical law

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A law devised before the advent of insulin on the basis of animal experiments concerning the body’s utilization of sugar.

Description

A law devised before the advent of insulin on the basis of animal experiments concerning the body’s utilization of sugar. It states that the more sugar is given to a healthy non-diabetic individual, the more sugar it utilizes; the opposite in those with diabetes. According to this law, there is no upper limit for tolerance of sugar and carbo hydrates.

Bibliography

  • F. M. Allen:
    Studies concerning glycosuria and diabetes. Boston 1913.

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