[Preview] Why you shouldn’t fear protein on keto
Okay, now let’s get into the story then.
So here’s the pancreas.
In fact I had to pick this image for fear
of using an image that looked a little dirty.
But I hopefully… this is the pancreas,
tucked underneath the stomach
and of all the myriad cells
the pancreas has,
cells that are involved
in endocrine functions,
cells that are involved in digestive
or exocrine functions.
We want to zoom in
on the beta and the alpha cells.
And these are famous because they
produce insulin and glucagon respectively.
And insulin and glucagon…
What’s interesting is that they’re produced
right beside each other
in these little pockets of cells
within the pancreas.
And yet they’re enemies in a way
and they’re each antagonizing the other
in almost every possible
If insulin is trying to do something
glucagon is trying to stop it.
If glucagon is trying to do something,
insulin is trying to stop it.
So it’s pretty much like my kids.
Nevertheless we see insulin,
to quote Mike and Mary Dan Eades,
because they said it well…
Insulin is the hormone of feeding
and glucagon is the hormone of fasting
What that means then
in a bigger, biochemical sense
is that insulin is a hormone of anabolism
or building things up,
taking simple molecules and making them
into something bigger and keeping it
and then glucagon wants to take
the complex molecule and break it down,
usually breaking it down
into an energy source
that the body can then use.
So it is catabolic,
it is one of those fundamental
or prototypical catabolic hormones.
is the prototypical anabolic.