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What is the pancreas?

What is the pancreas?

Gland: Pancreas is a gland in the abdomen, associated with the first part of small intestine. It has two parts, one makes digestive enzymes and the other makes hormones including insulin. ...Read more

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What's the pancreas for?

What's the pancreas for?

Glucose+digestion.: 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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What is an enlarged pancreas?

What is an enlarged pancreas?

Enlarged means big: A swollen pancreas. I am not sure why this is a question. Inflamed or swollen pancreas is a medical emergency. Why the question? ...Read more

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Can your pancreas be replaced?

Can your pancreas be replaced?

Yes and no: Hi. Pancreas transplants are sometimes (pretty rarely, actually) done for diabetes, but not for the digestive enzyme part of the pancreas. The digestive enzyme deficiency part of having a pancreas removed is treated with pancreatic enzyme pills. Usually we just treat the deficiencies of pancreas removal with oral digestive enzymes and basal and bolus insulins. ...Read more

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Can u live without your pancreas?

Can u live without your pancreas?

Yes: Pancreatic resections removing the entire pancreas are occasionally performed for pancreatic cancer. The organ is not essential except for its endocrine and exocrine function. The islet cells lost produce insulin, that is essential and the exocrine portion of the gland, produce enzymes that are available commercially to help in digestion. Most can then lead a normal life. ...Read more

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How can you affect your pancreas?

Pnacreas: I wish I could help but you have not given any information. What exactly do you mean by "affect your pancreas"? ...Read more

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Can u live without your pancreas?

Not easy: It is possible to live without a pancreas, however, it requires a lot of medication and is associated with increased illness and death. One study found that 1/3 of participants died within the first three years of their pancreatectomy. Some of these deaths were cancer related, so likely the odds are better for a non-malignant cause. ...Read more

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What service does a pancreas perform?

Multiple functions: On one hand, it produces several enzymes needed to digest food. This is the "exocrine" part of the pancreas. On the other hand, there is an "endocrine" part that is responsible of the levels of blood sugar (through the release of Insulin and glucagon). It also release other hormones. ...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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Can a person live without a pancreas? 

Can a person live without a pancreas? 

Yes: You can be alive even after your entire pancreas has been removed. However, you would have very difficult to control diabetes. Also you would have problems with digestion and be required to take enzyme suppliments. ...Read more

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