Glucagon might be good for reducing blood sugar levels, according to a new study
Glucagon and insulin, two opposite forces in diabetes, might actually work together - interesting science news diabetes

Insulin is a hormone that helps the body remove glucose from the blood. Its counterpart is glucagon, another hormone that stimulates the production of sugars by the liver. It was believed that they have opposite functions, with glucagon being a risk factor for diabetes.

Now, a new study provides evidence that this is not always the case. A team of scientists showed that glucagon has an additional role: it prepares the liver to become more responsive to insulin making it more efficient in decreasing sugar levels. This is true after a fasting period, for example after sleep when glucagon prepares the liver to respond to the next breakfast.

The study shows that glucagon needs a protein called PGC1A to control this response of insulin. In this context, more glucagon is actually beneficial because it speeds up the time required to return blood sugar levels to normal. The research might help develop new therapeutic approaches for diabetes.

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Scientific publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences