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How Does The Liver Affect Blood Sugar Levels?

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How Sugar Messes Up Your Liver And Gives You Diabetes

Modern man is plagued with many diseases that you will not find in some "primitive" populations like modern hunter-gatherers. These include obesity, heart disease, some cancers and last but not least, type II diabetes... which has reached epidemic proportions in the past few decades and now afflicts about 300 million people worldwide. This disease is a common cause of early death, blindness, amputation and a severely decreased quality of life... and it is advancing rapidly, every single year. In the video above, Dr. Robert H. Lustig and Dr. Elissa S. Epel explain how excess sugar can mess up liver metabolism and ultimately lead to diabetes. Dr. Lustig recently took part in a study where they examined the associations between sugar consumption and diabetes in 175 countries (1). They found very clear associations, where each 150 kcal (about one can of soda) per day of sugar increased the prevalence of diabetes by 1.1%. To put this number in perspective, if all of the U.S. added one can of soda to their daily diet, almost 3.5 million more people would become diabetic. In this study, added sugar was the only part of the diet that correlated with diabetes when they adjusted for confound 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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