We Do not Need Our Pancreas?

What is the pancreas? The pancreas is located right in front of our spine; behind the stomach is an elongated body called the pancreas 6 inches. Our pancreas is a very important organ in the body, since both have the endocrine (hormone production) and exocrine (production of digestive enzymes) function.

The pancreas produces two important hormones, essential to control our sugar level in the blood. These are glucagon and insulin. Glucagon is a hormone that is released by the pancreas when the body has blood sugar. This decomposes glucagon glycogen in the liver which can increase our level of sugar in the blood. On the other hand, the pancreas produces insulin, which is used to lower blood sugar levels in the blood, allowing the cells to use the glucose in the blood. So no problems with the pancreas can lead to diseases such as diabetes the pancreas. In diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce these hormones and blood sugar is not controlled by our body. Have a rate very high and low blood sugar can be very fatal for us. For the exocrine function of the pancreas, which produces digestive enzymes that help digest the food we eat. Inability of the pancreas to produce enough pancreatic enzymes cause exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or PPE that can lead to pancreatic disease such as cystic fibrosis and Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. This thick mucus can also cause obstruction of the pancreatic ducts and can lead to poor digestion and malnutrition. A common cause of EPI is chronic pancreatitis, where nutrient maldigestion and malabsorption may also occur.

Those with acute and chronic pancreatitis and diabetes are at risk of this deadly disease.

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