What About Diabetics?
In persons with diabetes, one concern with glucagon is that it can potentially increase blood sugar levels3. For persons with type 1 diabetes, this can happen as a result of the body not producing insulin to lower blood sugar levels.
Another possible scenario that could happen in type 1 diabetics is if they inject too much insulin in their bloodstream. What this does is it inhibits the production of glucagon in the pancreas. This can cause blood sugar levels to become dangerously low.
Type 2 diabetics on the other hand, can experience elevated blood sugar levels because of glucagon function. This is because in type 2 diabetics, the body has developed a resistance to insulin, so it can no longer effectively counteract the effects of glucagon.
Diabetics also need to be aware of when the body produces glucagon. If they eat carbohydrate-rich foods, what happens is that the production of glucagon decreases in order to prevent blood sugar levels from increasing. On the other hand, if they eat more protein than carbohydrates, the pancreas produce more glucagon to increase blood sugar levels in the body.
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