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The pancreas is about the size of a small oblong loaf of bread. In humans, it is located in the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach and intestines, just above the belly button and against the spine. If affected by disease, the pancreas does not regenerate itself. If you lose more than 90% of your islet cells, you end up with diabetes. If you have chronic pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, you will have trouble with digestion and have to take enzyme pills. The pancreas works hard to process the food we eat.

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 The Human Pancreas

The pancreas is a body organ that does some heavy lifting. It carries on two important functions relating to digestion and the regulation of blood sugar. The exocrine, the larger function, makes enzymes to help digest food such as proteins and fats. The exocrine portion releases these enzymes into the pancreas duct where it flows into the duodenum and mixes with food after it has left the stomach.


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Anatomy and Histology of the Pancreas

The pancreas (meaning all flesh) lies in the upper abdomen behind the stomach. The pancreas is part of the gastrointestinal system that makes and secretes digestive enzymes into the intestine, and also an endocrine organ that makes and secretes hormones into the blood to control energy metabolism and storage throughout the body.

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PANC-DB is the open-source data repository, dissemination and visualization vehicle for the cellular and molecular datasets generated by the Human Pancreas Analysis Program (HPAP), making genomic and islet function data highly accessible to the broader diabetes research community. PANC-DB has three components: data management and access, computational biology and data science, and communication and outreach.

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If you have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), your body cannot properly digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in the food you eat. In addition to preventing adequate digestion, EPI produces uncomfortable gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms.

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The National Pancreas Foundation

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UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases

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Problems with the pancreas can lead to many health problems. These include: •Pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas: This happens when digestive enzymes start digesting the pancreas itself •Pancreatic cancer •Cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder in which thick, sticky mucus can also block tubes in your pancreas


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