How Does Blood Sugar Affect The Liver

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It’s been over 40 years now but I can still remember the plaintive cry of my father,” How can this be?!!? I ate nothing today. NOTHING!!!” He was talking about his blood sugar, of course. His diagnosis with type 2 diabetes was old news by that time and he did what his doctors told him: watch what you eat and measure your blood sugar regularly. An extensive clinical study (called the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial) which spanned 10 years and followed thousands of patients, demonstrated conclusively that high blood glucose is the major factor determining the likelihood of complications. Of course, it is the complications that destroy our health. Blood glucose acts like rust, eating away at body parts in characteristic ways. Clearly, then, it follows that if a patient keeps his or her blood glucose levels low, the chances of developing life destroying diabetes complications is vastly reduced. Indeed, one way to control blood glucose is to watch that you eat. Foods high in sugar are going to put lots of glucose in the blood. Even with insulin injections, the ability to get that glucose absorbed quickly is impaired in diabetic patients as compared to healthy individuals. Continue reading >>

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  1. User25259

    Liver Dump: In a Nutshell!

    I've read bits and pieces about this liver dump theory/condition, and would like someone, anyone to give me a short synopsis, or snapshot of just what exactly a "Liver dump" is; how to prevent it one from happening; and the pros and cons of a liver dump!
    Thanks for the info, it will be nice to have a short and sweet answer to what it is and how to know if it happens.
    Pastor Paul

  2. Nan OH

    Liver Dump is when your body thinks it is in need of fuel - glucose that is stored in the liver is released to fuel you up. Pros - not a thing a diabetic wants. Cons - high BGL in the morning. I can modify my glucose release by eating a small bowl of cereal with real sugar as a bed time snack (I use insulin). Don't think it can be prevented at all.
    This is not a part of our normal attempt to get control - it usually happens while we sleep because that is the longest time we go without eating. Clear as Mud? Sorry

  3. smorgan

    Liver dumps are insulin the result of resistance of the liver. At various times as others have described - most notably at dawn - signals are sent out for the liver to release glycogen from its stores as glucose. In a normal system, the first release of glucose triggers a release of insulin from the pancreas. Shepherding glucose into cells for energy is not insulin's only job. It also 1) pushes fat into storage and inhibits its release and 2) encourages storage of glucose as glycogen in the liver AND inhibits or stops its release.
    So, in a type 2, normal hormone signals which would only cause a slight (and beneficial) rise in blood sugar cause a higher spike. This is because the liver responded to those other hormones but its response to insulin is impaired - hepatic insulin resistance - and so it releases more than it should, i.e., doesn't know when to stop.
    I avoid this by keeping my glycogen stores depleted. Depleting them is a prerequisite for getting into ketosis and since I stay in ketosis virtually all the time, no liver dumps. If I come out of ketosis - even though still eating very much "low-carb" and with good numbers throughout the day, Dawn Phenomenon will return and if breakfast is delayed, my BG will drift slowly up instead of its normal down or steady state.
    Others have various other tricks for getting around the broken hormone signaling/response.

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