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Doctor insights on: Exocrine Functions Of The Pancreas

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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Is the pancreas part of the digestive system?

Yes: Pancreas is a solid organ that sits behind the stomach. It is an endocrine organ-makes hormones such as insulin-released into the blood stream. It is an exocrine organ-making digestive enzymes released into the upper small intestine via a duct. ...Read more

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Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

Multifunctional: Very briefly, the adrenal gland can be divided between the cortex and medulla. The cortex makes a variety of hormones which control salt balance, cortisol, and androgens. The medulla primarily secretes norepinephrine and epinephrine. Functions of medulla and cortex are completely different as are the way their hormones are made and how they work. ...Read more

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What is the role of the pancrease (pancrelipase) in controlling the blood glucose level?

What is the role of the pancrease (pancrelipase) in controlling the blood glucose level?

Pancreas & glucose: Pancreatic beta cells secrete Insulin when they detect a rise in blood sugar. Pancreatic Alpha cells produce glucagon which stimulates liver to convert glycogen to glucose (as well as fats & proteins ultimately to glucose) when blood sugar levels are low. ...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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What is the function of the pancreas ?

What  is  the  function  of  the  pancreas  ?

Pancreas: Pancreas secretes enzymes that converts the food we eat into fuel for the body's cells. The pancreas has two main functions: an exocrine function that aids in digesting food. an endocrine function that regulates blood glucose levels. ...Read more

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What is the role of the liver and pancreas in controlling the blood glucose level?

What is the role of the liver and pancreas in controlling the blood glucose level?

Liver, pancreas, etc: That is an important question but it would be best, at least for now, to go online and look for articles that discuss your issues. There are many articles specifically designed for patients, not doctors. If you have questions after you have read a few articles feel free to send me a question. ...Read more

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What is the function of the pancreas?

What is the function of the pancreas?

Exocrine, endocrine: Hi. The vast majority (about 99%) of pancreatic mass is dedicated to exocrine function, the production of digestive enzymes and secretion into the duodenum to digest food. The remaining 1% of pancreatic mass makes hormones (endocrine function), the two most important being insulin and glucagon, although there are also several others. Overall, digesting food and regulating energy balance. ...Read more

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How can we transplant the beta cells of the pancrease (pancrelipase)?

How can we transplant the beta cells of the pancrease (pancrelipase)?

Work in progress: Islet or beta cell transplant for Insulin production has scientific backing. Check out jdf/juvenile diabetes foundation website 4 links. The enduring problem is not so much the mechanics of the transplant, but preventing autoimmune response from attacking the new cells. In the meantime, if your'e type i, take advantage of amazing technology for management. Pump, sensor, transmitter, amylin. ...Read more

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What are functions of the liver biology?

What are functions of the liver biology?

Liver function : The liver detoxifies and metabolizes everything you consume by mouth and everything that goes there in your blood. ...Read more

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What is the function of the adrenal gland in relation to kidney function?

What is the function of the adrenal gland in relation to kidney function?

Adrenal and kidney: Please go online and type in "adrenal gland and kidney". You will find many readable and understandable articles and there are a number of images for you you to peruse. ...Read more

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Where is the anatomical location of liver enzymes in the hepatocytes?

Where is the anatomical location of liver enzymes in the hepatocytes?

Liver enzymes: Liver enzymes are in the different parts of the organ with no specific anatomic location. Some enzymes are located in the membrane of the hepatocyte, others in the cytoplasm of the hepatocyte and others are in the cells that line the bile ducts. ...Read more

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What is the function of the adrenal gland in human body?

What is the function of the adrenal gland in human body?

Multifunctional: Very briefly, the adrenal gland can be divided between the cortex and medulla. The cortex makes a variety of hormones which control salt balance, cortisol, and androgens. The medulla primarily secretes norepinephrine and epinephrine. Functions of medulla and cortex are completely different as are the way their hormones are made and how they work. ...Read more

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What is the gland that secretes both exocrine and endocrine hormone?

What is the gland that secretes both exocrine and endocrine hormone?

Pancreas: Endocrine hormones are secreted into the bloodstream to cause effects in other parts of the body. The pancreas secretes Insulin and glucagon to cause these effects. Exocrine hormones are secreted into body cavities with tubes connecting the producing gland into a body cavity. The pancreas secretes a variety of substances into the intestinal tract. ...Read more

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What's the function of parathyroid hormone?

What's the function of parathyroid hormone?

Maintains blood cal.: The main function of parathyroid hormone is to maintain a normal blood calcium level. It does this by released calcium from bones, reabsorbing claium in the kidneys and stimulating clacium absorption from the intestine. ...Read more

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What are the primary functions of the stomach, duodenum, and large intestine?

What are the primary functions of the stomach, duodenum, and large intestine?

Digestion: The stomach is responsible for mixing food and preparing it for digestion. The enzymes which break food down into nutrients mix with the food in the duodenum, as does the bile from the liver. The nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine. Everything that is not absorbed travels to the large intestine, where water is absorbed, turning the waste from liquid to solid. ...Read more

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What are actions of pancrease (pancrelipase)?

What are actions of pancrease (pancrelipase)?

Enzyme: Is a synthetic enzyme to replace enzymes that are produced naturally in the pancreas to help facilitate digestion. ...Read more

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What is the function of the adrenal gland in the body?

What is the function of the adrenal gland in the body?

Endocrine gland: The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and their main function is to make hormones. The adrenal glands make hormones in response to stress (cortisol, epinephrine), hormones that affect kidney function and blood pressure (aldosterone), and sex hormones (androgens). These hormones circulate all around the body to affect the target organs and tissues. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more