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Five Minute Monday – What Does the Pancreas Do?

That’s a good question actually. What does the pancreas do? You hear about it, but it’s one of those organs that doesn’t have an obvious role. Even wikipedia is of little help in describing, in layman’s terms, what it does:

“The pancreas is a glandular organ in the digestive system and endocrine system of vertebrates. In humans, it is located in the abdominal cavity behind the stomach. It is an endocrine gland producing several important hormones, including insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide which circulate in the blood. The pancreas is also a digestive organ, secreting pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes that assist digestion and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. These enzymes help to further break down the carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in the chyme.”

The pancreas controls your sugar levels, and releases the digestive enzymes that breaks down your food. Thank you, pancreas!


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