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What is glucagon?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Hormone: Glucagon is one of the hormones produced by pancreas. In general it opposes the action of insulin.
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
A hormone: Secreted by cells in pancrease (pancrelipase) that is normally higher overnight-tells liver to make sugar for brain to use overnight, and low during day when sugars in foods are used by brain. Always inappropriately elevated in patients with diabetes. Some medications for diabetes can reduce glucagon to improve blood sugar. Sometimes used to raise blood sugar in someone unconsious due to a very low sugar.

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Hypersecretion of glucagon

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
It depends: Are you asking about a tumor in the pancreas that overproduces glucagon, or the poor regulation of glucagon secretion that worsens high blood sugars in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus?

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