What is the Pancreas?
The pancreas produces juices and enzymes that flow into the intestine, where they mix with food. The enzymes digest fat, protein, and carbohydrates so they can be absorbed by the intestine. Pancreatic juices, therefore, play an important role in maintaining good health. The pancreas also produces insulin, which is picked up by the blood flowing through the organ. Insulin is important in regulating the amount of sugar, or glucose, in the blood.
What are Diseases of the Pancreas?
A number of problems can occur in the pancreas. These include the following:
- Acute pancreatitis
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency
- Pancreatic cancer