is an important hormone involved in carbohydrate metabolism, and produced by the pancreas.
It is released when the glucose level in the blood is low, causing the liver to convert stored glycogen into
glucose and release it into the bloodstream.

Also glucagon can help us with our health. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
As the level of blood sugar decreases, the pancreas releases more glucagon, and vice versa.
Your health care provider may measure your glucagon levels if you show symptoms of:

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Mild diabetes
  • One type of skin rash (necrolytic migratory erythema)
  • Unexplained weight loss

Glucagon has the opposite effect of insulin, which instructs the body's cells to take in glucose
from the blood.
That is, it increases the glucose level in blood. Glucagon is used to increase the
blood glucose level in severe hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). Hypoglycemia also may occur as
a result of insufficient caloric intake or sudden, excessive physical exertion.

Symptoms : nervousness, cool skin, headache, confusion, convulsions or coma

Encourages the Storage of Fats
Encourages the Burning of Fat for Energy
Blood Pressure increases
Blood Pressure decreases
Increasing blood pressure
Decreasing blood pressure
Burns Glucose (sugar) for Energy
Burns Fats for Energy

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