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What are r pancreatic enzymes?

What are r pancreatic enzymes?

Digestive compounds: These are substances that are secreted by the pancreas to aid in digestion. They breakdown, fat, protein, and carbohydrates to allow the body to absorb those substances better. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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 it bad to have a pancreatic enzymes level over 300?

Yes: It indicates inflammation of the pancreas (lipase or amylase). The main thing is to find out the cause so you can treat it and prevent it from happening again. For now, supportive care, pain control, bowel rest needed depending on your current symptoms. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have too many pancreatic enzymes?

Help! Is it possible to have too many pancreatic enzymes?

Trick question!: Hi. Just kidding about trick question. Not possible to have too many panc. Enz., BUT if they're in the wrong PLACE, then you've got pancreatitis. Panc. Enz. Belong in the gut lumen, where are essential for digestion. Elevated pancreatic enzymes in the BLOOD mean pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis) has released the enz. Where they don't belong. These enz. Digest fats, proteins, carbs; do havoc! ...Read more

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What are the common causes of high pancreatic enzyme levels?

What are the common causes of high pancreatic enzyme levels?

Pancreatitis: Inlammation of the pancreas, pancreatitis, is most commonly caused by a gallstone blocking the entrance of the pancreatic duct into the intestine, or alcoholism. Less common causes include side-effects of certain drugs, very high triglyceride levels, and anatomical abnormalities of the pancreas. ...Read more

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What blood test checks for pancreatic enzymes?

What blood test checks for pancreatic enzymes?

Amylase & lipase: These check for the enzymes to see if they're being released into the blood when somebody has an upper abdominal emergency. If you're concerned you haven't got enough pancreatic enzymes, a stool assay for pancreatic elastase might be more helpful. ...Read more

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Can I take Zoloft (sertraline) with pancreatic enzymes?

Can I take Zoloft (sertraline) with pancreatic enzymes?

Yes: This is not a problem. While nont necessary i, would take zoloft (sertraline) and the enzymes an hour apart just to be safe. ...Read more

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How does one become lactose intolerant? Is it healthy to take pancreatic enzymes even if there's no prob with the pancreas?

How does one become lactose intolerant? Is it healthy to take pancreatic enzymes even if there's no prob with the pancreas?

Lactose: Lactose intolerance can develop when the enzyme lactase in the lining of the small intestine has decreased to a point where digestion is effected. It's not clear why this happens, sometimes genetics. Pancreatic enzymes are not likely to help in the absence of pancreatic insufficiency. Lactaid pills may help you. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking pancreatic enzyme supplements?

Are there any side effects to taking pancreatic enzyme supplements?

Yes for some...: Virtually all supplements have possible side effects. Most people tolerate pancreatic enzymes well but people with gastritis/ sensitive stomachs often will experience stomach pain/irritation from taking protease enzymes that are included in most enzyme supplements. Some people may get loose stools from enzymes. It is also possible to react to fillers/binders/additives in any med or supplement. ...Read more

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Will taking pancreatic enzyme supplements help absorb other supplements like zinc?

Scam: If your pancreas is normal, i.e., you do not have cystic fibrosis and have not totally ruined it by drinking, there is no reason to take these pancreatic enzymes. They are a health fraud. So is almost all of what you have read about taking zinc; it will just upset your stomach. ...Read more

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I had 0%EF on hidascan. My liver & pancreatic enzymes are normal. My pain comes in waves. What can I Safely eat? I'm down to 100 lbs. Is 0% deadly?

I had 0%EF on hidascan. My liver & pancreatic enzymes are normal. My pain comes in waves. What can I Safely eat? I'm down to 100 lbs. Is 0% deadly?

Gallbladder issues: It means that your gallbladder is not emptying bile into your GI tract for some reason. In and of itself, it isn't deadly but if it is causing symptoms that are preventing you from eating and you are losing weight, it may be a problem. I would try to avoid fatty foods for now and make sure to follow up with your doctor about this. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Light brown stool with white "pebbles" here and there. Irregular. Not runny. Had this for 3 months. 1 bm daily. What is it? Can pancreatic enzymes help

Light brown stool with white "pebbles" here and there. Irregular. Not runny. Had this for 3 months. 1 bm daily. What is it? Can pancreatic enzymes help

Stestorrhea: You may be describing steatorrhea, the presence of fat in your dtool. It msy float and have an oily sppearance. You need to have your liver and pancreatic enzymes checked as the fat in your diet is not being absorbed properly. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take over-the-counter pancreatic enzyme supplements?

Be aware: Do not take any medication unless there is a valid need or reason. Always follow the doctor's or manufacturer's directions. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic enzymes with protease, amylase and lipase hurt or help cancer?

Can pancreatic enzymes with protease, amylase and lipase hurt or help cancer?

Health fraud: Giving the pancreatic enzymes that help in pancreatic insufficiency (cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatic scarring) as a cancer treatment is a cynical, cruel fraud. It's often packaged with "detoxification" and coffee enemas. Don't pay money to the people who've tried to deceive you on the thought "what if it did work? ". ...Read more

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Are liver and pancreatic enzymes always elevated with liver and pancreatic cancer?

Are liver and pancreatic enzymes always elevated with liver and pancreatic cancer?

Short answer: No: Most often if a malignant mass presses on the ductal system of liver or panc. (see picture), it can cause abn. Blood enzymes. If the mass is small and ducts drain, routine enzymes are usually normal.
Gilbert Syndrome, a genetic abn. Of up to 7% of folks, has the significance like your fingerprints, and is discussed nicely in: http://ghr. Nlm. Nih. Gov/condition/gilbert-syndrome ...Read more

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Why is my husbands lipase 450 and amylase 250 so high. They said he has cirrossis of the liver. Those are pancreatic enzyme's.

Why is my husbands lipase 450 and amylase 250 so high. They said he has cirrossis of the liver. Those are pancreatic enzyme's.

I'm sorry: Elevated lipase and amylase can result from ongoing damage to the pancreas from alcohol -- perhaps refluxing up a damaged duct, or he may have a cystic fibrosis variant, a hereditary pancreatitis, or any of several other entities. Few diseases truly involve only one organ, and he may have more than one thing going on. This sounds serious and I am glad he has you to care for & love him. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take pancreatic enzyme supplements and clonazepam?

Listen to your body: Pancreatic enzymes are generally safe and since Clonazepam is an oral medication it is not degraded by normal levels of pancreatic enzymes. If one has not taken either enzymes or clonazepam, it is always wise to start one at a time and observe how one's body responds. If one notices a beneficial response one can trust that the combination is safe. ...Read more

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What is the reason why pancreatic enzymes are high after a kidney-pancreas transplant?

What is the reason why pancreatic enzymes are high after a kidney-pancreas transplant?

Need to see trasplan: Surgeon, immediately after procedure elevation could be normal, elevation in long standing case could be sign of rejection, or need dose adjestcment must call ; see transplantation team. ...Read more

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How does an MD determine the amount of Creon needed--pancreatic enzyme insufficiency besides asking about fat content in foods. Any blood tests, etc.?

How does an MD determine the amount of Creon needed--pancreatic enzyme insufficiency besides asking about fat content in foods. Any blood tests, etc.?

No specific: Testing...Your general health/weight and the frequency/consistency of your stools. In other words good CLINICAL JUDGEMENT will determine the dosage etc

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Normal pancreatic enzymes, normal liver enzymes, normal CBC, normal ESR & C-RP. Does this rule out pancreatic and liver cancer?

Normal pancreatic enzymes, normal liver enzymes, normal CBC, normal ESR & C-RP. Does this rule out pancreatic and liver cancer?

Why do you ask?: Why would you think you have this stuff at age 20? You've written about this before. You owe it to yourself and those who love you to get with someone who can help you out these thoughts out of your mind and get on with studying, getting job skills and experience, perhaps finding romance and meaningful things to enjoy. To be brave, act brave. You're anything but helpless. ...Read more

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Why when a stone obstructs in bile duct can trigger pancreatitis? Is it somehow related to activation of pancreatic enzyme to become active? Tha k

Why when a stone obstructs in bile duct can trigger pancreatitis? Is it somehow related to activation of pancreatic enzyme to become active? Tha k

Anatomy: The bile duct passes through the head of the pancreas and is connected to the pancreatic duct. If a stone obstructs the bile duct where it passes through the pancreas it will cause inflammation of the pancreas as well as liver problems. ...Read more

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Are pancreas elastase stool results affected by pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, such as Creon? If so, how long to stop Creon before test?

Are pancreas elastase stool results affected by pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, such as Creon? If so, how long to stop Creon before test?

Pancreatic elastase: Https://www. Gdx. Net/core/one-page-test-descriptions/Pancreatic-Elastase-Test-Description. Pdf

it appears pancreatic elastase is not affected by exogenous pancreatic enzymes replacement. ...Read more

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Are pancreas elastase stool results affected by pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, such as Creon? If so, how long to stop Creon before test?

Pancreatic enzymes: Yes pancreatic enzymes can affect stool testing results. The answer depends on the lab. Call the lab for their instructions,
Depends on stool transit, 1-7 days. ...Read more

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What is a safe pancreas enzyme level?

Pancreas enzyme?: You'd need to specify which pancreatic enzyme you're asking about, as there are many. ...Read more

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What enzymes does the pancreas produce?

What enzymes does the pancreas produce?

Digestive enzymes.: The islets of langerhans in the pancreas contain its endocrine cells that produce hormones that help control blood glucose levels: Alpha cells - glucagon, beta cells - Insulin and amylin, delta cells - somatostatin, pp cells - pancreatic polypeptide, epsilon cells -ghrelin. The exocrine cells make digestive enzymes, like trypsinogen and chymotrypsinogen, to break down lipids and carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Which enzymes does the pancreas produce?

Which enzymes does the pancreas produce?

Digestive: Hi. Among the most important enzymes the exocrine pancreas produces are those involved in digestion of food in the first part of the small intestine. Major enzymes are amylase, polysaccharidases, lipase, trypsin, chymotrypsin, others. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pancreas producing to much enzymes?

Lipase in blood: The pancrease (pancrelipase) secretes lipase into our duodenum to metabolize fats that we eat. We absorb fats as fatty acids --small portions of large fat molecules. Similarly, the pancreas secretes amylase into the duodenum to break complex carbs into absorbable sugars. However higher than normal blood concentrations DO occur when the pancreas is inflamed, (alcohol), or its duct is blocked (gall stone). ...Read more

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What could cause my pancreas to produce too much enzymes?

What could cause my pancreas to produce too much enzymes?

Not overproducing: Hi. When your pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase) are high in your blood, it's NOT from the pancreas overproducing them, it's from pancreatic inflammation that leaks them out. Causes of pancraetic inflammation (aka pancreatitis) are many. Some of the more common causes are gallstones, alcoholism, very high serum triglycerides, various medications, cystic fibrosis, etc. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does a high level of enzymes in the pancreas signify?

From the pancreas?: High level of pancreatic enzymes lipase/amylase can indicate pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). ...Read more

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The duct in my pancreas has closed almost completely off. Why does it cause so much pain if my enzymes are normal?

The duct in my pancreas has closed almost completely off. Why does it cause so much pain if my enzymes are normal?

Pancreas: There are many reasons for abdominal pain that are not related to enzymes. You need to let your doctor know or seek advice from another doctor. Don't wait too long! ...Read more

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I'm wondering are digestive enzymes and pancreas enzymes the same thing?

Medically, yes: Hi. Yes, from a therapeutic standpoint, they are. There are also digestive enzymes in saliva & from the stomach that are not pancreatic enzymes, but when you're talking about drug therapy digestive enzymes, they're pancreatic enzymes (Pancrease, Creon, etc). ...Read more

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Chronic pancreatitis are there any known drugs that can stop the enzymes from destroying the pancreas? In trials?

Chronic pancreatitis are there any known drugs that can stop the enzymes from destroying the pancreas? In trials?

Haven't heard of...: Haven't heard of a successful treatment to block the secretion or damaging effect of the pancreatic enzymes (the G.I. Specialists have tried some meds to decrease secretion on enzymes). ...Read more

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Does the pancreas treat olestra fatty acids similar to traditional fats/oils? Is the amount of enzymes produced the same in both cases?  

No.: Lipase is the pancreatic enzyme that splits (hydrolyzes) triglycerides in oils into fatty acids and monoglycerides. Lipase does not act on olestra, so olestra leaves the digestive tract undigested. This is why olestra has no usable calories. I do not know the answer to the question about degree of stimulation of lipase secretion by olestra vs. Other fats/oils. ...Read more

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Can high liver enzymes occur if my pancreas is going bad?

Yes: Elevated lfts with a predominant rise in alp is suggestive of damage or obstruction of the biliary tree (which disrupts the flow of bile out of the liver, called cholestasis). There are a number of conditions that can cause this, including a stone in the common bile duct (choledocholithiasis), cancer of the head of the pancreas, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What enzymes are released by the pancreas into small intestine?

What enzymes are released by the pancreas into small intestine?

Pancreatic enzymes: Broadly, "pancreatic juice" contains many enzymes, including trypsinogen, chymotrypsinogen, elastase, carboxypeptidase, pancreatic lipase, nucleases & amylase. ...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