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What could cause atrophy of pancreas and arthersclerotic aorta. cholesteral normal.?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 46 years experience
2 causes: Atrophy of the pancreas is usually caused by autoimmune destruction which may inherited or, if acquired, by repeated injury either from alcohol or recurrent pancreatitis from gall stones. Atherosclerosis is a disease of aging but diabetes (which results from an atrophied pancreas) is a major risk factor as is smoking and high blood pressure. It also can be inherited.
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