Your pancreas is a vital organ that holds the important job of helping digest food, and managing your use of sugar for energy after digestion, says Hopkins Medicine. The organ is small, roughly the size of your hand, and is located behind your stomach.
When your pancreas is functioning poorly, you’ll begin to notice digestion problems which can wreak havoc on your appetite, and cause abdominal pain. Several conditions can damage the pancreas which causes it to either stop or block the release of essential enzymes, ultimately resulting in exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). Although EPI is rare, it is a serious digestive problem that requires medical attention. Here’s everything you need to know.
What Does the Pancreas Do Anyway?
Many people don’t talk about the pancreas often but as mentioned, it does have a very important job. “The pancreas plays a vital role in converting the food into the energy essential for the body,” explains MedicineNet.
Its two main functions are helping digestion (known as an exocrine function) and helping control blood sugar levels (known as an endocrine function). The exocrine function produces natural juices known as enzymes which are essential for breaking down food. The source says the pancreas is responsible for making about 8-ounces of digestive juice filled with enzymes each day.