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Metabolism Specialists in Spain

Hospitals and medical centers in Spain who have Metabolism specialists.
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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.


Metabolism is available at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.


Metabolism is available at HM Hospitales

Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.


Metabolism is available at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.


Metabolism is available at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Hospitales San Roque

Hospitales San Roque has been consolidated over time in the health sector, with a strong bet for the future with the increase of its facilities and installations and the most advanced technologies designed to give the best health care and welfare to the patient.


Metabolism is available at Hospitales San Roque

Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.


Metabolism is available at Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.


Metabolism is available at HGC

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.


Metabolism is available at Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.


Metabolism is available at Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.


Metabolism is available at Hospital Quirón Madrid

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About Metabolism

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is metabolism?

These are all the chemical process that continuously takes place inside the body to keep your organs functioning. This includes breathing, digesting food and repairing cells.

Energy is necessary for these chemical processes to take place. The minimum amount of energy our body requires to carry out these chemical processes is called the basal metabolic rate (BMR).

Purposes of metabolism
  • Metabolism has three main purposes which include:
  • Conversion of food/fuel to energy to run cellular processes
  • Conversion of food/fuel to building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and some carbohydrates
  • Elimination of nitrogenous wastes

Types of metabolism
  • Catabolism: This is the breaking down of organic matter through processes such as cellular respiration. Catabolism releases energy.
  • Anabolism: This is the building up of cell components such as nucleic acids and proteins. Anabolism consumes energy.

Nutrition, metabolism, and energy

The pathways of metabolism depend on nutrients that break down in order to produce energy. This energy is needed by the body in order to synthesize new proteins and nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA.

Food provides a number of essential substances for the building, maintenance and repair of body tissues and also for efficient body functioning. Essential nutrients in the diet include carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, phosphorous, nitrogen, sulfur and about 20 other inorganic elements. In addition, minerals, vitamins, and water are necessary.

Carbohydrates in metabolism

Carbohydrates are supplied by foods in three forms; starch, sugar, and cellulose. Sugars and starches from the major sources of energy for humans. Fibers (cellulose) contribute to bulk in the diet.

Carbohydrates and sugars yield glucose by digestion or metabolism. Glucose is used b the body’s tissues for all activities.

The overall reaction for the combustion of glucose is written as:

  • C6H12O6 + 6 O2 -----> 6 CO2 + 6 H2O + energy
  • Carbohydrates come from foods such as rice, bread, wheat, pasta, potatoes and macaroni.

Proteins in metabolism

Proteins are the main tissue/body builders in the body. They help in functions, cell structure, and enzymes to carry out vital reactions and hemoglobin formation to carry oxygen. Proteins also supply nitrogen for DNA and RNA production.

Proteins are necessary for nutrition because they contain amino acids. However, the body is unable to synthesize 8 amino acids called the essential amino acids. The essential amino acids include lysine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, phenylalanine, valine and threonine.

Fat in metabolism

Fats are concentrated sources of energy and they produce twice as much energy as either carbohydrates or protein on a weight basis. Essential fatty acids include unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic, arachidonic and linilinic acids. These need to be taken in the diet. Fats serve several functions which include:

  • The help to form the cellular structure
  • They form a protective cushion around vital organs
  • They help absorb fat soluble vitamins
  • They provide reserve storage of energy

Minerals and vitamins in metabolism

Minerals in foods do not directly contribute to the body’s energy needs. However, they play an important role in metabolic pathways in the body and as body regulators.

Important minerals include:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Chloride ions
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Cobalt
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Fluorine
  • Iodine
  • Vitamins are essential organic compounds which cannot be synthesized by the human body. They must, therefore, be present in the diet. Important vitamins include:
  • Vitamin A
  • B2 (riboflavin)
  • Niacin or nicotinic acid
  • Pantothenic Acid

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