Describe the physiological response to hypoglycaemia.
To pass this question, the candidate only needed to state the range of normal blood glucose, define hypoglycaemia then give an overview of the body's response to hypoglycaemia (control of blood glucose - sensors, integrators, effectors). Additional credit was given for a more detailed description of the various responses. Few candidates mentioned the role of the sympathetic nervous system. Much time was wasted in giving detailed descriptions of metabolic pathways to the exclusion of an overview of the body's responses.
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