The body breaks down most carbohydrates from the foods we eat and converts them to a type of sugar called glucose. Glucose is the main source of fuel for our cells. When the body doesn't need to use the glucose for energy, it stores it in the liver and muscles. This stored form of glucose is made up of many connected glucose molecules and is called glycogen. When the body needs a quick boost of energy or when the body isn't getting glucose from food, glycogen is broken down to release glucose into the bloodstream to be used as fuel for the cells.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995–2015 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.
Find out by selecting your child’s symptom or health condition in the list below:
In This Issue: Summer 2016
Download Summer 2016 (PDF)
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson explains the 2016–2017 flu vaccine recommendations, including an update on the nasal flu spray.
Mothers are there to help us grow, support us and be our rock when we’re in need. This special helps us honor and celebrate mothers with heartwarming patient stories from Seattle Children’s.
Cyberbullying is bullying that happens using electronic technology. It can include mean or embarrassing photos, videos or comments posted on social media or sent by text. Sometimes teens don’t want to admit to experiencing cyberbullying because they think that bullying only happens to younger kids. Ask your child to tell you about their...