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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.

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.

Few possibilities: There are a few possibilities from pancreatic issues, to ulcers, and possibly gall bladder. See your doc or make an appointment with HealthTap to provide more detail. I'm available through the Concierge service all day. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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Except for insulin, are the other things the pancreas makes important?

Except for insulin, are the other things the pancreas makes important?

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

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Why does the pancreas of a diabetic not make insulin? I know it doesn't produce insulin, but why?

Why does the pancreas of a diabetic not make insulin? I know it doesn't produce insulin, but why?

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 more

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Why does my pancreas produce insulin when I'm hungry?

Why does my pancreas produce insulin when I'm hungry?

'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

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I have chronic pancreatitus. Why can I not have my pancreas removed and go on insulin?

I have chronic pancreatitus. Why can I not have my pancreas removed and go on insulin?

More hormones: The pancreas produces other hormones and enzymes beside insulin. It's not a good idea to remove it unless there is an absolute necessity, i.E cancer... ...Read more

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Will there ever be a drug produced that will enable impaired pancreas produce insulin?

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

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Is there a possibility that your pancreas can start producing insulin again after not being able to?

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

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Is it possible to make the pancreas produce more insulin naturally? For instance, if it is producing little to no insulin...

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

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I was wondering is glucagon or insulin secreted by the pancreas during the fight or flight response?

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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When a type 2 diabetic is put on insulin injections, does that indicate that their pancreas has stopped producing insulin like with type 1diabetics?

When a type 2 diabetic is put on insulin injections, does that indicate that their pancreas has stopped producing insulin like with type 1diabetics?

Usually: Beta cell destruction is inevitable in type 2 diabetes, so eventually people with dm2 do need insulin. Some of us begin Insulin earlier to allow some help with postprandial Insulin rises following a meal before the last gasp of the pancreas. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is glucagon or insulin secreted by the pancreas during the fight or flight response?

Can you tell me is glucagon or insulin secreted by the pancreas during the fight or flight response?

Glucagon and insulin: Glucagon will increase available sugar in the bloodstream and would be more useful during the "fight" part of the response. Insulin is secreted when there is excess in the bloodstream, e.g. as you eat a meal or after eating, during the relaxations phase "flight" part. ...Read more

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Is it real that januvia (sitagliptin) 100mg made pancreas cells produce more insulin ( made beta cells more active )?

Is it real that januvia (sitagliptin) 100mg made pancreas cells produce more insulin ( made beta cells more active )?

Incretin: Januvia (sitagliptin) is an incretin which inhibits the breakdown of an enzyme called dpp-4. Dpp-4 breaks down glp-1. Glp-1 stimulates Insulin and inhibits glucagon (which raises glucose). Inhibition of glp-1 breakdown means it can stimulate more Insulin and inhibit more glucagon. ...Read more

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130 fasting b/g at the time of c-peptide test. Results of c-peptide 3.4. Male, age 55, on insulin injections. Is my pancreas working at100%?

No: You still make insulin. However, in patients with type 2 diabetes, the amount of insulin/c-peptide made is insufficient for actual requirements. This is the reason for the high fasting blood sugar and represents pancreatic islet failure. As long as blood sugar is high, it doesn't matter how much c-peptide/insulin one makes as it still isn't enough to compensate for actual needs. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more