Metabolic Health and Its Relationship to Type 2 DiabetesSep 06, 2022
Your food is used to provide energy for living such as protein synthesis, muscle contractions, maintaining body temperature and much more. This food also serves as building blocks for muscle proteins, hormones and enzymes. Some of your food will be stored for later use such as glycogen (a compact form of sugar stored in the liver), triglycerides or fats stored in fat cells. These processes are about breaking things down (like carbohydrates into simple sugars), also known as catabolism, or building things up (creating muscle tissue), also known as anabolism. The quality of the food you eat affects these processes and the end products.
These metabolic processes maintain balance in your system and keep you alive. For example, when your blood sugar gets too low, a hormone called glucagon is secreted to release more glucose into your blood stream so your nerves and red blood cells have the fuel they need to do their work. When your blood sugar gets too high, this suppresses the flow of glucagon and increases the flow of insulin which decreases the amount of blood sugar in the blood stream. This is just one example. There are many hormones, including thyroid hormones, that work to maintain a balance in your system.
When you eat too much food or foods that contain unhealthy fats or processed carbohydrates and proteins, the additional nutrients or ingredients can gum up the works. To keep your body healthy and your metabolism humming along, decide if you are up to taking your health into your own hands and make difference choices.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.
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