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Pancreas

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Last full review/revision May 2021| Content last modified May 2021
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Your digestive system Overview of the Digestive System Digestion is the process of breaking food down into separate nutrients that fuel your body. Your digestive tract (also called the gastrointestinal or GI tract) is the hollow tube that food goes... read more breaks food down into separate nutrients that fuel your body. It includes your digestive tract plus organs that lie outside the digestive tract but help with digestion.

Your digestive tract (also called the gastrointestinal or GI tract) is the hollow tube that food goes through when you swallow it, digest it, and then pass the waste products as stool.

What is the pancreas?

Your pancreas is an organ of your digestive system. It is located behind your stomach and connects to your small intestine through a small, hollow tube called the pancreatic duct.

The pancreas has two main jobs.

  • Make digestive juices

  • Make hormones

The digestive juices flow through the pancreatic duct into your small intestine. The juices help break down food and neutralize stomach acid.

Your pancreas releases hormones directly into your bloodstream. Hormones are chemicals that stimulate other cells or tissues into action. Insulin is an important hormone your pancreas makes. Insulin controls how your body handles sugar (glucose). Without enough insulin, you will have diabetes Diabetes Diabetes is a disease in which your blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high. You get diabetes if your body's normal way of controlling blood sugar isn't working right. There are 2 types of... read more .

Locating the Pancreas

Locating the Pancreas
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