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Insulin Other Pancreas Makes Important
I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.
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
Absolutely: The pancreas has a dual role as both an endocrine and exocrine organ. Aside from insulin, other pancreatic endocrine hormones like glucagon and somatostatin are responsible for controlling your body's blood sugar. The exocrine pancreas is vital in producing enzymes to help digest carbs, proteins, and fats in the intestine. Otherwise, you'd have severe malabsorption of nutrients. ...Read more
Diabetes : Diabetes is a serious medical condition manifested by high blood sugars and poor Insulin performance. Sustained high blood sugar triggers the "beta cells" in the pancreas to produce insulin, however over time sugar is pushed into the body fat/tissues/muscles and as the body continues to be in a hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) state, the body is unable to control the sugar levels with insulin. Overtime, the beta cells in the pancrease (pancrelipase) become over-exerted, but still do not lower the blood sugar levels. Once these cells become 'exhausted, administered Insulin injections become necessary yo control the blood sugar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
'Round the clock: Hi. Your pancreatic beta cells produce & secrete insulin every minute 'round the clock, hungry or not! Your pancreas doesn't know (or care!) if you're hungry! It makes insulin round the clock to prevent an unchecked catabolic state (which is what happens in type 1 diabetics without insulin). An insulin burst is only seen for a meal. The constant trickle of insulin fulfills the "basal" requirements ...Read more
Islet cell transplan: There's research and trials going into islet cell transplant. Basically donor Insulin producing cells are transplanted into a recipient patients to produce insulin. Perhaps one of my endocrine and or surgeon colleagues can tell us about how this is looking for the future. ...Read more
Is there a possibility that your pancreas can start producing insulin again after not being able to?
Not likely : Although there is evidence that even persons with longstanding type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes have some beta cells that make insulin, the amount that is made is not enough to replace the body's needs. Rather i'd focus on helping your body use the Insulin better that you take by eating a sensible diet and getting regular physical exercise. ...Read more
Is it possible to make the pancreas produce more insulin naturally? For instance, if it is producing little to no insulin...
May be Yes or no: Some of the medication called oral hypoglycemic drugs and few newer anti-diabetics stimulate Insulin secretion but there are no medications so far we can synthesize Insulin inside our body. That's why for type 1 diabetes, the main treatment is Insulin therapy. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I was wondering is glucagon or insulin secreted by the pancreas during the fight or flight response?
No : Hi. No, they don't really play a role in the fight or flight response. Epinephrine from the adrenal medulla can cause glycogenolysis at the liver just like glucagon can, and epi is flooding the system...don't need glucagon. Insulin is present, but is an anabolic hormone, and the fight or flight response is all about catabolism...insulin in very low levels works fine. Good endocrine physiology! ...Read more
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