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Doctor insights on: Enzymes And Their Functions

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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

Enzyme (Definition)

An enzyme causes the transformation of a compoond to another compound. In living structures, it is the transformation of a protein to another form. An example is from an inactive state ...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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How do the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems work together to provide the energy needed for your cells to function?

How do the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems work together to provide the energy needed for your cells to function?

It's complicated: Good question, but too complicated to answer in 400 characters or less. Consider taking a class or reading a book on human physiology. https://www.coursera.org/course/humanphysio. ...Read more

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How can med students remember the parts of the brain, their functions, and disorders?

How can med students remember the parts of the brain, their functions, and disorders?

Most Medical Student: Most students remember the parts of the brain and their function usually either by rote memory or by association. ...Read more

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Will our blood pH levels affect the absorption of vitamins and food nutrients?

Will our blood pH levels affect the absorption of vitamins and food nutrients?

No: Blood ph is maintained in a narrow range, and if it out of normal range, absorbing food will not be your first concern. ...Read more

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Will using digestive enzymes after full meals for 3+ months inhibit my body from producing the enzymes naturally and make me dependent on digestive en?

Will using digestive enzymes after full meals for 3+ months inhibit my body from producing the enzymes naturally and make me dependent on digestive en?

Digestive enzymes: If you are so concerned about your future enzyme function why are you using digestive enzymes in the first place? No there should not be anylong term effects on your body enzymes. ...Read more

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How do the digestive, breathing and cardiovascular systems interact?

How do the digestive, breathing and cardiovascular systems interact?

Not in 400 words!!!: In summary: breathing delivers oxygen to the blood. Digestive system delivers nutrients to body to provide energy and gets rid of unabsorbed material (GUT) and toxic waste (liver). Cardiovascular or circulatory takes oxygen from lungs and nutrients from GI and delivers to the body (left circulation). Then carries "used" blood from the tissues back to the lungs to be oxygenated again (right circ). ...Read more

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What kinds of foods will help boost energy and organ function?

What kinds of foods will help boost energy and organ function?

Key is balance: The healthiest approach to take is a balance of lots of different kinds of foods containing complex carbohydrates (ie whole grains) , lean proteins (beans, poultry and fish), and fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid filling up on sugary foods, as these may give you a short burst of energy but will leave you feeling tired and hungry again soon. Drink lots of water too, especially in the heat. ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzyme with normal other liver function and normal ultrasound and negative hepatitis b and c virus ??

Elevated liver enzyme with normal other liver function and normal ultrasound and negative hepatitis b and c virus ??

2 thoughts:: A common cause of asymptomatic elevations in liver enzymes is fatty liver(Non alcoholic fatty liver disease: NAFLD). This is very common in obesity and is considered to be part of the metabolic syndrome. Ultrasound will be "normal" (i.e. falsely negative) in 17% of patients with NAFLD. A less common cause=choledocholithiasis(stones in common bile duct). Often missed on ultrasound. Can be asymptom ...Read more

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Does the human body use fat to be energetic and heal the immune system, heal cancers and viruses, and make body functions more efficient?

Does the human body use fat to be energetic and heal the immune system, heal cancers and viruses, and make body functions more efficient?

It's source of Ener: Fat just like other 2 main nutrients of our diet(Carbohydrates and Proteins) is a source of energy to run the body machine. It does not have any specific or selective role for the other functions(immunity, healing of cancer etc) that you have listed. In this reference we can be healthy/ normal with small amounts of Fat intake unless you do physical labor requiring extra energy. ...Read more

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What are hormones and what are their function in human body?

What are hormones and what are their function in human body?

Messengers: Hormones are chemicals released by one part of the body to allow it to communicate with another part of the body. Hormones affect nearly every function of the body such as growth, metabolism, and reproduction. Thyroid stimulating hormone, growth hormone, testosterone, insulin, and adrenaline are just a few examples of the many types of hormones. ...Read more

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What other body functions are affected by cirrhosis of the liver?

What other body functions are affected by cirrhosis of the liver?

ESLD manifestations: No system of the body is spared in the syndrome of cirrhosis with end-stage liver disease (esld). Will see general deterioration, endocrine problems, cardiovascular, GI (diarrhea, gastropathy) pancreatic-biliary, neurologic, hematologic (coagulopathy ; bone marrow abnormalities), lung (hepatopulmonary), kidney (hepatorenal), lymphatic, dermatologic, musculoskeletal, ;higher risks of cancer. ...Read more

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What are the intact and impaired memory functions in autism?

What are the intact and impaired memory functions in autism?

Complex information: Research in the area of autism and memory problems is ongoing findings emerging. What is known is that individuals with autism have difficulty remembering information if a cognitive organizing strategy is needed. Likewise, impairments in working memory are evident and increasing focus on complex problem-solving tasks. ...Read more

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Can you improve your digestive process by taking the quantum supplements HCl and digestive enzymes?

Can you improve your digestive process by taking the quantum supplements HCl and digestive enzymes?

If deficient: If by hcl you mean hydrochloric acid, do not take it. As for other enzyme supplements, these are helpful in patients with deficiency, e.g., cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis. In an otherwise normal person more enzymes would not be useful. ...Read more

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What's the difference and functions of glucose glycogen and glucagon?

What's the difference and functions of glucose glycogen and glucagon?

Many: Glucose= sugar molecule that we metabolize as our main source of energy. Glucogen= prefered way of the body to store glucose, a complex that can be broken down into glucose relatively quickly, stored mainly in liver and muscle. Glucagon= hormone secreted by the Alpha cells of the pancreas that immidiately makes your glycogen break up into glucose to keep your blood glucose normal. ...Read more

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What factors modify enzyme structure and function?

What factors modify enzyme structure and function?

Quite a lot: Enzymes are under a wide variety of controls. Plain chemistry: they speed reactions. If the stuff to do the reaction (substrate) arent' there, it don't go. Rate changes with temperature, concentration of reactants, etc. Regulation. Negative feedback . generally the end result inhibits enzyme further activity. Not always. Regulators small compounds ..cyclic GMP, cyclic AMP often are regulators. ...Read more