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Amylase Function In Digestion
Only liver functions: The ability to digest food depends of GI enzymes most of which are produced by the pancreas and then activated by bile produced by the liver. Rather than have bile constantly spilling into the GI tract, The GB acts as a reservoir. When food enters the stomach and reaches the SB digestion occurs with bile activated pancreatin, the bile having been stored in the gallbladder which then empties. ...Read more
Non specific: It is 1of the tests done 4 liver function. Also present in kidneys placenta and bone. So as a stand alone test it is not real helpful. In combination with other tests it can b more specific 4 the liver. As a stand alone it could b related 2 bone tumor, paget's disease of bone or renal disease .If elevated and the liver=cause. Hepatitis bile duct obstruction drug toxicity as tylenol (acetaminophen) or etoh abuse. ...Read more
Important hormone: Secretin is important in digestion. When stomach acid flows into the duodenum (small intestine) secretin is released. The secretin stimulates the pancreas to release bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) which helps digest food. It also enhances the function of cck which is important in gallbladder function. Secretin is stopped from working when the ph of the stomach is blocked with certain medications. ...Read more
Which digestive organ releases enzymes to help break down starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines?
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Trypsin: Protease is a general term of any enzyme that breaks down proteins and includes, trypsin, and chymotrypsin. ...Read more
Could pancreatic insufficiency be linked with trouble digesting sugars (bc of amylase), or only lipids?
Chronic pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis is hallmarked by problems absorbing fats (greasy, floating stools, sometimes gray or chalky). Problems with sugar metabolism come later as more of the pancreas is damaged. Chronic pancreatitis is further characterized less by low amylase production and more with lack of Insulin production and associated problems with glucagon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are digestive juices (fluid) made in pancreas same as the disgestive juice stored in the gallbladder?
Enteric Coating: Allow the tablet to transverse the stomach and dissolve the GI tract ...Read more
Not really: It can be increased in severe hyperthyroid disease ...Read more
Different roles: Hi. A quick thumbnail distinction is the pancreas provides enzymes to digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats into absorbable moieties and the liver provides bile to solublize the things that aren't soluble in a water phase (like fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins, etc) to transport them to the gut lining cells for absorption. Both vital for nutrient absorption. ...Read more
Can acute pancreatits or stone in pancrease (pancrelipase) cause no pain and normal level of amylase lipase can it be so ?
"human pancreatic exocrine response to nutrients in health and disease" bmj 2005 figure 2 says lipase post-lundh meal should rise 5x. Is this correct?
Maybe, but...: That graph is a generalization, based on other scientists' studies (one would have to review the original studies). The graph shows pancreatic "enzyme delivery into the duodenum increases rapidly and reaches maximal values within the first postprandial hour", which means it's an estimate of the amount of enzyme put into the small intestine to digest food... Not a measure of lipase on a blood test. ...Read more
Can pancreas juice leak into blood stream with chronic/acute pancreatitis & any correlaiton of Lipase and other digestive juices leaking in system?
Liver cell ,bile tes: Sgpt (alt) is a test of liver cell (hepatocyte) activity; increased with liver cell inflammation. Ggt is a test of bile flow. Anything that decreases flow of bile within cells, down tiny canaliculi, small ductules, and larger ducts will cause increase; can be due to inflammation, scarring, stone, tumor, etc. Drugs can increase either or both. ...Read more
Does taking OTC digestive enzymes with amylase and amyloglucosidase helps with fructose intolerance?
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