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Severe Weather Alert - Updated: 11:30 am, January 17, 2018

Due to rapidly changing weather conditions, all Wake Forest Baptist Health clinics will be closing today (January 17, 2018) at 2 pm, and will reopen tomorrow (January 18, 2018) by 10 am. 
Urgent Care – Clemmons and Urgent Care – Mocksville will be closing today (January 17) at 4 pm, and will reopen tomorrow (January 18) by 10 am. 
If you have questions, please contact the clinic directly.

Word! Carbohydrate

Word! Carbohydrate

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Carbohydrate

(En español:Carbohidrato)

Say: kar-bo-hi-drate

Like proteins and fats, carbohydrates are one of the three main nutrients in food. Carbohydrates (carbs) are the body's major source of energy. There are two main types of carbohydrates - sugars (like the kinds in milk, fruit, table sugar, and candy) and starches, which are found in grains, breads, crackers, and pasta.

The body breaks down carbs into the sugar glucose (say: gloo-kose), which the body's cells need. Glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream, which makes the sugar level in the blood go up. As the sugar level rises in the body, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin (say: in-suh-lin). Insulin is needed to move glucose from the blood into the cells, where it can be used as a source of energy.