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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Amylase (Overview)

An enzyme produced by either the panceas or the salivary glands that aid is the digestion of food, sugars.


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What produces amylase in your body?

What produces amylase in your body?

Pancreas and: Salivary glands. Amylase is needed for digestion of starch and is made predominantly by pancreas and salivary glands. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
164 Doctors shared insights

Amylase (Overview)

An enzyme produced by either the panceas or the salivary glands that aid is the digestion of food, sugars.


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What does high "serum amylase" levels tell you?

What does high "serum amylase" levels tell you?

Usually pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas and salivary glands raises serum levels of amylase. Serum lipase is elevated on pancreatic inflammation only. Intestinal and renal lesions may be associated the increase in amylase. ...Read more

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I'm looking for information regarding mcv, ggt, amylase, ast, alp and ALT levels in blood. Where can I find this?

I'm looking for information regarding mcv, ggt, amylase, ast, alp and ALT levels in blood. Where can I find this?

See link below: Http://reference. Medscape. Com/guide/laboratory-medicine

this site can get pretty technical but if you have a science background and basic knowledge of chemistry, you will find it very helpful. They also summarize things pretty simply too without losing meaning. ...Read more

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If I take a digestive enzymes supplement, (protease, amylase, etc) will that go into my breastmilk and hence my baby would get the benefits of it too?

If I take a digestive enzymes supplement, (protease, amylase, etc) will that go into my breastmilk and hence my baby would get the benefits of it too?

Good nutrition: The digestive enzymes may help you with food absorption but are broken down by your intestinal lining before they enter your bloodstream in significant quantities (though some are present in the blood in low levels in healthy adults (high levels could indicate a medical condition)). Your baby's brain will thank you for the dha. Thank you for breast feeding your baby! ...Read more

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No pain, amylase back in May was 184, lipase was 66 (range was until 60 the highest, amylase range is 110 the highest). Pancreas problems or what?

No pain, amylase back in May was 184, lipase was 66 (range was until 60 the highest, amylase range is 110 the highest). Pancreas problems or what?

Not likely: It sounds like you had some issues, maybe abdominal pain sometime in May, when you had your pancreatic enzymes checked, but you no longer have pain now. Based on the minimal elevation of your enzymes even in May I doubt their origin was pancreatic even then. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic enzymes with protease, amylase and lipase hurt or help cancer?

Can pancreatic enzymes with protease, amylase and lipase hurt or help cancer?

Health fraud: Giving the pancreatic enzymes that help in pancreatic insufficiency (cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatic scarring) as a cancer treatment is a cynical, cruel fraud. It's often packaged with "detoxification" and coffee enemas. Don't pay money to the people who've tried to deceive you on the thought "what if it did work? ". ...Read more

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In a blood amylase levels test normal range being considered 25 - 115UI/L a result of 115 suggests anything? What would be a significant high value?

Stop worrying: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. I'm sorry nobody told you this. Acute pancreatitis can feature values of many thousands. There are other causes ranging from the enzyme being tagged with an antibody to mumps to a shot of an opiate. ...Read more

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What does an elevated lipase and amylase mean?

Can be pancreas infl: Amylase: enzyme made by pancreas and salivary glands. Elevation can be seen with pancreatitis, mumps, vomiting/bulimia sometimes with other GI (gallbladder, ulcer), gyn issues.
Lipase is a somewhat more specific pancreatic enzyme. Mild elevations non specific, very high more specific marker of pancreatic inflammation. Kidney disease screws up the values. Incr. In cystic fibrosis, celiac, . ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pancretisis and not have a high amylase?

Is it possible to have pancretisis and not have a high amylase?

Yes: A person with chronic pancreatitis may have lost enough of the pancreatic tissue that increase in serum amylase does not reach diagnostic levels due to exhaustion of the gland. ...Read more

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What are amylase rich foods?

No such thing: Amylase is an enzyme that helps you digest carbohydrates. If you feel well, your serum amylase is not a concern. ...Read more

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What produces amylase in your body?

Pancreas and: Salivary glands. Amylase is needed for digestion of starch and is made predominantly by pancreas and salivary glands. ...Read more

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Any foods that contain excess amounts of amylase?

Any foods that contain excess amounts of amylase?

Not naturally: Yeast and some cereals contain amylase but in high enough amounts to be useful.
Industry adds amylase to baked good, cake mixes, beer and other alcoholic beverages, fruit juices etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: amylase?

Amylase: An enzyme produced by either the panceas or the salivary glands that aid is the digestion of food, sugars. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high levels of amylase what does that mean?

How do you FEEL?: About 1% of healthy folks have their amylase tagged with an immunoglobulin that prevents it from being lost via the kidney like other folks. This is nothing to worry about. If you feel okay, this is probably the explanation. ...Read more

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What will happen if a person does not produce amylase naturally?

Why do you ask?: They'll have trouble breaking down carbohydrates in the diet. It's very uncommon, seems mild, and curiously, the index patient was constipated, perhaps from the illness. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC1378936/ ...Read more

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Why is it okay for your amylase to be low, but not for it to be high?

Reference range: These ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies arbitrarily fall outside. A VERY low amylase might warn of a person who's lost their pancreas, but if this had happened, you'd know. Actually, labs are meaningless apart form patient histories and physical exams, and a high amylase is usually not a problem if you feel well. ...Read more

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If my amylase is 15 points high should I be worried? What is amylase?

Good question.: amylase is one of a group of enzymes that catalyze the metabolism of starches and glycogen. A normal reference value for someone your age is35-115 units. Very high amylase is associated with several serious illnesses ...Read more

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How do I lower amylase level?

You don't: Amylase is an enzyme made by the salivary glands, pancreas and intestine and excreted into the gut to facilitate breakdown of starch into sugars. The blood amylase level is a balance between synthesis/release of amylase and degradation/elimination of amylase. In certain conditions, amylase escapes into the blood, raising levels. It is excreted by kidney so elevation can be seen in kidney disease ...Read more

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What does an elevated lipase and amylase mean?

Can be pancreas infl: Amylase: enzyme made by pancreas and salivary glands. Elevation can be seen with pancreatitis, mumps, vomiting/bulimia sometimes with other GI (gallbladder, ulcer), gyn issues.
Lipase is a somewhat more specific pancreatic enzyme. Mild elevations non specific, very high more specific marker of pancreatic inflammation. Kidney disease screws up the values. Incr. In cystic fibrosis, celiac, . ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pancretisis and not have a high amylase?

Yes: A person with chronic pancreatitis may have lost enough of the pancreatic tissue that increase in serum amylase does not reach diagnostic levels due to exhaustion of the gland. ...Read more

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What are normal Lipase and Amylase levels for 27 year old female?

Depends on the lab: However, there are pitfalls. The published ranges are set so that 5% of healthy people fall outside. Low values in a person who feels and appears well aren't helpful. Just the irritation of an ERCP can raise the numbers. And 1% of humankind have an antibody that causes a high amylase without there being anything else wrong. Most mild variations from normal can be ignored. ...Read more

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Is a high amylase always pancreatitis? What else causes high amylase?

Is a high amylase always pancreatitis? What else causes high amylase?

Depends on where...: Amylase can come from the saliva glands. If the amylase level is mildly high, and is not thought to be coming from the pancreas or small intestine, it may be coming from the saliva glands. One's doctor can decide the next step, because lab results don't mean much without knowing what one's results have been over the years, and what the symptoms have been. ...Read more

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My amylase enzyme was only 28 IU/l what could be making that so low?

Not of any concern: You can ignore this as it does not mean anything medically important. We only worry if the Amylase is high which would reflect damage to the pancreas. In your case we can say that your pancreas is very healthy. I do not even know why they checked it in the first place! ...Read more

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What does "amylase is more sensitive and lipase test is more specific" mean?

See below:: Amylase is elevated more often in patients with panreatitis, but elevated amylase, unless substantially high does not mean pancreatitis. When lipase is elevated the person is more likely to have pancreatitis. See this site for general explanation of these terms
http://gim. Unmc. Edu/dxtests/reviewof. Htm. ...Read more

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What are amylase my son is 9yrs nold and his amylase was 120 what does this mean

What are amylase my son is 9yrs nold and his amylase was 120 what does this mean

Amylase: Amylase is a enzyme that is found in the body, it's main function is to aid in digestion. It is often ordered if a problem (mainly inflammation) is suspected in the pancreas, if your son had abdominal pain, nausea, and/or vomiting then this test was likely ordered with many other tests including an abdominal ultrasound.
I can not tell you what the 120 signifies, mainly due to the fact that each lab has it's own reference range for every test done. However I can say this falls in the normal range for the lab I use here in my office.
The ordering doctor will be able to give you the exact reason why the test was ordered, the reference range of the amylase, and what your son's level means.
Just based on your post and no other info. Given it sounds like your son is probably just fine, and no major problems were detected. ...Read more

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Amylase elevated -250. Lipase is normal. What causes this?? Should I be concerned?

Any symptoms?: Why were these tests ordered? There are many causes of elevated amylase and it would require in person evaluation to ascertain the cause. You may consult this site for information on this topic: https://medlineplus. Gov/ency/article/003464.htm
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