Glucagon Triggers Ketosis, Insulin Blocks It
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Glucagon opposes insulin. Find out more about this interesting fat-burning hormone.
0:13 What is glucagon?
0:23 Glucagon and ketosis
1:11 Insulin vs. glucagon
3:37 What will inhibit glucagon?
I’ve created a lot of videos on insulin, blood sugar, and diabetes. But, there is another hormone that works with insulin that I haven’t talked much about. It’s called glucagon.
Glucagon is a hormone that opposes insulin. Glucagon turns the switch on for ketosis (the state of fat burning). Insulin turns the switch off. Insulin blocks ketosis.
Glucagon releases stored sugar. Stored sugar is called glycogen. Glucagon will release glycogen into glucose and will turn fat into ketones. Insulin will store glucose as glycogen and as fat.
Insulin lowers sugar in the blood, but glucagon raises it. Glucagon is a counter hormone to insulin.
Let’s say you have too much insulin and it shoves your blood sugar way down, so you get hypoglycemia. Normally, glucagon is supposed to kick in and counter that. Glucagon is a fat-burning hormone that helps keep the blood sugar where it needs to be.
Insulin is a dominating hormone. In the presence of insulin, glucagon will be lowered. Insulin knocks you out of ketosis, but glucagon actually puts you into ketosis.
Insulin is triggered by carbohydrates, protein, and eating. Glucagon is triggered by protein, vigorous exercise, adrenaline, GIP, and fasting.
High sugar in the diet and insulin will both inhibit glucagon.
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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand glucagon.