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Everyone is familiar with the sensation of the mouth watering in anticipation of food, but this is not the body’s only response. At the same time, the pancreas starts to release insulin, ready to deal with the influx of glucose into the blood. This neurally mediated or cephalic phase response has been recognized for some time, but the mechanisms involved were unclear. Now, a study from the University of Basel has shown that a short-term inflammatory response is responsible for this early insulin release.

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Source: Medical News Today