An Overview of the Pancreas

"Pancreas has two different types of cells. One are exocrine glands, which secrete on enzymatic reach enzymes which help with digestion of fats and proteins. The second components of the pancreas are the endocrine glands. They produce hormones which are key to metabolism. The most common being insulin which helps regulate sugar in the body.

Dr. Omar Llaguna, Oncologic Surgeon with Miami Cancer Institute, explains pancreatitis (acute inflammation of the pancreas itself) is the most common pathology related with this organ. The main cause of pancreatitis is gallstones.

Alcohol use, viral infections, cystic fibrosis could cause pancreatitis. Diabetes is another common disease of pancreas, he explains."

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