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How do glucose and insulin interact in the bloodstream?

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The amount of glucose in your bloodstream is tightly regulated by the hormone insulin. Insulin is always being released in small amounts by the pancreas. When the glucose in your blood rises to a certain level, the pancreas will release more insulin to push more glucose into the cells. This causes the drop in blood glucose levels.

To keep your blood glucose levels from getting too low (a.k.a. hypoglycemia), your body tells you to eat and releases glucose from the liver, where it�s stored.

From: Diabetes Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Diabetes Educational Program: "I Have Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Introduction to Diabetes."

JAMA Patient Page: "Diabetes."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Diabetes Educational Program: "I Have Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Introduction to Diabetes."

JAMA Patient Page: "Diabetes."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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