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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
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Glucagon (Overview)

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 asto raise blood sugar in someone unconsious due to a very low sugar.


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What is glucagon?

What is glucagon?

Hormone: Glucagon is one of the hormones produced by pancreas. In general it opposes the action of insulin. ...Read more

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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
277 doctors shared insights

Glucagon (Overview)

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 asto raise blood sugar in someone unconsious due to a very low sugar.


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When should I give a glucagon injection?

When should I give a glucagon injection?

Person can't eat: Glucagon kits are available for the emergency treatment of someone with diabetes whose sugar has dropped so low that they cannot safely eat or drink to bring their sugar up themselves. If they do not answer questions, or their answers are very confused or sound slurred, and you believe their sugar is low, a glucagon shot may help them recover enough to eat or drink to keep the sugar up. ...Read more

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Low blood sugar, symptomatic. Should I use glucagon or what?

Low blood sugar, symptomatic. Should I use glucagon or what?

Only if severe: Severe by meaning unresponsive or altered mental status. You may need a "mini" glucoagon dose if your hypoglycemia is refractory to simple sugar ingestion desoite several attempts (mostly seen in children). Your cde can help with further advise. Reminder: make sure your glucagon kit is not expired. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will glucagon have to be refrigerated in order to be effective?

No: Hi. As long as glucagon is in the lyophilized (dry powder) stage, it's stable at room temp for eons. Once it's put in solution with the diluent, it's only good for 24 hours. The rule: don't put glucagon into solution until it's going to be used right then & there. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is there a natural remedy for glucagon deficiency which causes life-threatening hypoglycemia?

Is there a natural remedy for glucagon deficiency which causes life-threatening hypoglycemia?

Glucagon is natural: Glucagon is a naturally occurring hormone and is the only short term solution. The question remains what happened to the natural production? That is the problem that needs a solution. ...Read more

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How long will a glucagon shot last?

How long will a glucagon shot last?

1/2 hr to: 1/2 hr to 45 min. That is why after you give it you have to make sure the patient is able to ingest sugar right after it. ...Read more

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Was tested for glucagon fasting blood levels, very low level, much lower than lower range, no diabetes, gained 10kg, hypos during exercise. Any ideas?

Was tested for glucagon fasting blood levels, very low level, much lower than lower range, no diabetes, gained 10kg, hypos during exercise. Any ideas?

Insulin resistant: Glucagon is tightly regulated by insulin. If glucagon levels are low your Insulin levels must be high. This occurs in people who are overweight. If you were to loose weight you should be fine. Shoot for 7-10 lbs over 3 months. ...Read more

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What is glucagon?

Hormone: Glucagon is one of the hormones produced by pancreas. In general it opposes the action of insulin. ...Read more

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Hypersecretion of glucagon ?

Hypersecretion of glucagon
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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? ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
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Glucagen (Definition)

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