Think of your body as a car. In order for the car to have energy to
run and move, it needs gasoline. How does it get gasoline, through a
pump at the gas station.
This is similar to what happens you your body. Your body has
living cells. They need energy to enter into them before they can
let you perform all the functions that you would like to do.
The main energy source of the body is Glucose (sugar).
When you eat, the body breaks down the food you eat into
carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and glucose (sugar). This
is transported to the liver. Consider the liver your reserve
tank. Any glucose that is not used will be stored by the liver
and it is also a converter because it can change the carbohydrates, etc.
into glucose when your body will need extra (like in between eatting times).
Glucose is link the gasoline that enters the body. How does the cells
of the body get this glucose (gasoline) inside the cell...it does this
by the Pump (which is insulin in the body that is produced by the
Pancreas). You could say the insulin is the key that opens the
door to the tank (cell) to let the glucose in.
So, lets look at all this. The food you eat has glucose. So when you
first eat, it is highest in the blood as it is transported to the liver.
When you exercise, breathe, heart beats or any activity you do,
even sleeping...your body uses the glucose that are inside the cells.
As the glucose is used by the cells, the liver will release the stored
glucose and insulin will also be released for the glucose to enter
into the cell providing more energy. As the glucose is used,
the amount in the blood supply decreases.
In the morning, you haven't eatten during the night...therefore, your
levels may be the lowest. When you eat, the levels in the body goes
up. In between meals it will start to decrease until you eat your next
meal and your body has used up the energy it was given. The
insulin provides the key for that energy to enter the cells...
remember it is the pump. The liver provides the glucose from it
stored energy (reserve tank) to be sure your body can still perform
all functions needed until you eat again.
I hope this has been of some help to you.
It doesn't sound like there is anything wrong with the liver...but, it would
not hurt to have Liver Enzymes, Liver Function, and Liver viral test done
to be sure. Anyone who drinks alcohol and either overconsumes it all
at once or consumes it over long periods of time...can develop what is
known as fatty liver disease or inflammation of the liver cells. Blood
tests will show this early on (as the liver is a very quiet organ about
damage being done to it cells). If the cells are damaged, stopping
the cause early on can lead to the liver cells healing and the problems
with the liver to be reversed. Best wishes
caregiver to a liver transplant patient