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Tue Jan 15 13:08:11 UTC 2013

What does the body do with excessive carbs when a corresponding excessive amount of insulin substitute is taken?
Asked By: rafoth  
Category: Insulin

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Expert Answers (1)
2013-03-22 10:03:15.0

Insulin is the key that helps break down , utilize and store carbohydrate properly. Your body needs to maintain a certain blood glucose level or you can suffer the symptoms of hypoglycemia. The key, of course is to try to balance the insulin to carb ratio as effectively as possible. If you exercise the insulin may have to be cut down or carbs may need to be increased. Insulin will process carbohydrate for storage in the liver and provide the cells in your body with energy to maintain metabolism. Remember that too much insulin may not leave your body with adequate sugars to function properly. The brain needs a constant supply of readily available sugar to function optimally.
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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2013-03-02 23:27:26.0

The carbs are converted to glycogen (animal starch) and stored in the liver. Too much insulin can store so much glucose in the liver that you go into insulin shock. Other meds, like metformin, help prevent the liver from releasing the glycogen back into the blood as glucose, adding to the problem.
Answered By: wtastin

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