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The Role Of Insulin In The Body

Tweet Insulin is a hormone which plays a key role in the regulation of blood glucose levels. A lack of insulin, or an inability to adequately respond to insulin, can each lead to the development of the symptoms of diabetes. In addition to its role in controlling blood sugar levels, insulin is also involved in the storage of fat. Insulin is a hormone which plays a number of roles in the body’s metabolism. Insulin regulates how the body uses and stores glucose and fat. Many of the body’s cells rely on insulin to take glucose from the blood for energy. Insulin and blood glucose levels Insulin helps control blood glucose levels by signaling the liver and muscle and fat cells to take in glucose from the blood. Insulin therefore helps cells to take in glucose to be used for energy. If the body has sufficient energy, insulin signals the liver to take up glucose and store it as glycogen. The liver can store up to around 5% of its mass as glycogen. Some cells in the body can take glucose from the blood without insulin, but most cells do require insulin to be present. Insulin and type 1 diabetes In type 1 diabetes, the body produces insufficient insulin to regulate blood glucose levels. Continue reading >>

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  1. Dietbeeties

    Can I lower my numbers and get off insulin?

    Been hearing alot about people lowering numbers and not having diabetes anymore, I'm at 7.3 A1C now…some major exercise and diet changes could maybe put me at the right number? I thought there wasn't a cure. I'm confused. They did a test when I first diagnosed and said I don't produce any insulin at all, so how would I get insulin if I don't inject it? What am I missing here?

  2. mamaoak

    i am a type two and igot off the insulin shots. i am on metifor um pills and am trying to get evry thing under control my dr said i could go off pills when i have ost enough wait and my nummbers are good waiting for my next appoint ment in augst. i shoud be good bye then unless i have some sort of set back. but i will all ways have to whatch what i do.

  3. Lalonde

    How long were you on insulin? What were your BG readings like?? Little new to this:(

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