Significance to humans

The significance of vetigastropods to humans includes the use of their shells by inhabitants of the northern Pacific islands, southern Africa, and Australia and New Zealand to

Shells of the species Haliotis tuberculata lamellosa are commonly seen in the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo by S. Piraino [University of Leece]. Reproduced by permission.)

make fishhooks, buttons and beads (especially nacreous groups), or bowls (large abalone species). The most common use of vetigastropods was and continues to be as food—for subsistence as well as haute cuisine (e.g., abalone steaks).

1. Lepetodrilus elevatus; 2. Red abalone (Haliotis rufescens); 3. Top shell (Trochus niloticus). (Illustration by Emily Damstra)
Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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