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How does insulin and glucagon work together to control blood sugar?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Diabetes hormones: Insulin lowers blood sugar. Glucagon raises blood sugar. Normal blood sugar depends on the balance of the two hormones. In type 2 diabetes, Insulin doesn't work well and glucagon is overproduced, leading to higher blood sugar.
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Dr. Larry Deeb
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Work together to bal: People without diabetes use both hormones. Insulin lowers glucose and glucagon raises glucose. Most know about Insulin and how it lowers glucose and is missing in diabetes, but glucogon is also missing. Research into an artificial pancreas for people with diabetes has used both hormones to better regulate glucose.
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Last updated Jan 4, 2016
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