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Doctor insights on: Amylase Function In Digestion

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How can the liver and gallblader function in digestion?

How can the liver and gallblader 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

Dr. William Singer
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Amylase (Definition)

An enzyme produced by either the panceas or the salivary glands that aid is the ...Read more


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Foods that lower liver enzymes levels?

Foods that lower liver enzymes levels?

It depends: It depends on the reason for elevation.For example if its caused by alcoholism then simply avoiding alcohol is good. If its caused by "fatty liver disease" then following weight loss diet and losing weight might help you with that .... ...Read more

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What role does alkaline phosphatase play in liver function tests?

What role does alkaline phosphatase play in liver function tests?

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

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Explain the role of secretin in regulating bile and pancreatic juices?

Explain the role of  secretin in regulating bile and pancreatic juices?

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

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Which digestive organ releases enzymes to help break down starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines?

Which digestive organ releases enzymes to help break down starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines?

Pancreas: the pancreas is the organ that releases the enzymes to help breakdown starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines. ...Read more

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Which one of these enzymes are in gastric juices: amylase, protease, trypsin?

Which one of these enzymes are in gastric juices: amylase, protease, trypsin?

Trypsin: Protease is a general term of any enzyme that breaks down proteins and includes, trypsin, and chymotrypsin. ...Read more

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Could pancreatic insufficiency be linked with trouble digesting sugars (bc of amylase), or only lipids?

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 more

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Are digestive juices (fluid) made in pancreas same as the disgestive juice stored in the gallbladder?

Are digestive juices (fluid) made in pancreas same as the disgestive juice stored in the gallbladder?

No: The gallbladder stores bile, which is made in the lover. The pancreas makes a variety of other enzymes to help digest protein and fat. These are not stored in the gallbladder. Hoep this helps! ...Read more

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Could cirrhosis show in my liver enzyme level?

Could cirrhosis show in my liver enzyme level?

Maybe: If the cause isn't active -- for example, a cirrhotic who has an alcoholic past but is now abstinent -- the liver enzymes may be normal. Usually at least one liver function test is abnormal in a cirrhotic or precirrhotic. ...Read more

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Can taking a predigestive enzyme aid in gallstones?

Can taking a predigestive enzyme aid in gallstones?

No: The only medicine that has sometimes dissolved gall stones is chenodeoxycholic acid. Over a long time, it is toxic to the liver. ...Read more

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What roles do the liver and pancreas have in digestion?

What roles do the liver and pancreas have in digestion?

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

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"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?

"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

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Can pancreas juice leak into blood stream with chronic/acute pancreatitis & any correlaiton of Lipase and other digestive juices leaking in system?

Can pancreas juice leak into blood stream with chronic/acute pancreatitis & any correlaiton of Lipase and other digestive juices leaking in system?

Yes: Pancreatic enzymes, not juice per se, do leak into the blood on inflammation of pancreas and are routinely used as diagnostic markers. See this site for more information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pancreatitis/basics/definition/CON-20028421 ...Read more

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What's sgpt and GGT in liver function test?

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

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Does taking OTC digestive enzymes with amylase and amyloglucosidase helps with fructose intolerance?

Does taking OTC digestive enzymes with amylase and amyloglucosidase helps with fructose intolerance?

Probably not: Amylase and amyloglucosidase (a type of amylase) break starches into sugars. Fructose itself is already a sugar. So, these two enzymes should not affect fructose intolerance. ...Read more