Does All Elements i.e., Carbohydrates, Protiens, Fats Breakdown Into Glucose?

Asked by nikhilgoel | 17th Sep, 2008, 04:53: PM

Expert Answer:

No, only carbohydrates break down into glucose. Proteins break down into amino acids, whereas fats break down into fatty acids and glycerol.

But remember that there occurs a process called Gluconeogenesis in our body. This is the process of making glucose from its own breakdown products or from the breakdown products of lipids (fats) or proteins. Gluconeogenesis occurs mainly in the liver or kidney. It is through gluconeogenesis that the liver contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels (and thus energy metabolism) through synthesis of glucose. This process occurs in the fasting state, such as at night, and requires the presence of amino acids, lactate, and glycerol.

Answered by  | 17th Sep, 2008, 06:18: PM

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