Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Metabolism IV: The Role of the Liver

The liver has a number of different purposes within the body. One of its key functions is to maintain metabolic nutrient levels in the blood. When blood sugar is high, the liver stores glucose. When blood sugar is low, the liver releases glucose from these glucose stores. The liver can also convert some fats and proteins into glucose, which it releases into the blood stream.

The next post will compare aerobic vs. anaerobic metabolism.

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