Can You Produce Too Much Insulin?
Sugar, in the form of glucose, is your body’s primary fuel source. However, having high glucose levels in your blood is damaging to your organs and nerves. To solve this problem, your body produces a hormone called insulin to help keep blood glucose levels within a normal range. Unfortunately, it’s possible to produce too much of this necessary hormone, which increases your risk for chronic diseases. Blood Glucose Regulation Blood sugar control is a carefully-orchestrated process involving your pancreas and liver. Your body breaks down food that contains carbohydrates into glucose, which your cells need for energy. The glucose can’t get into cells on its own, so your pancreas secretes the hormone insulin to signal your cells to let glucose in. Any extra glucose that your cells can’t use right away is sent to the liver where it’s converted to a storage form of glucose called glycogen. The liver converts glycogen back to glucose and releases into the blood stream when glucose levels decline between meals. These actions keep blood sugar levels within normal range. Producing Too Much Insulin Excess insulin production occurs when your cells become insensitive to insulin. Think Continue reading >>