What’s A Pancreas?
The more I read about diabetes type 2, the more I heard the word pancreas. So much so that I finally asked “what’s a pancreas”?
Come to find out, the pancreas is very much responsible for producing the insulin that type 2 diabetics are lacking.
Here’s the whole story. “What’s a pancreas”?
The pancreas located in your abdomen is solely responsible for the insulin which is released from beta cells located in the pancreas. It releases the insulin in response to the rising glucose in our bloodstream. It is after we eat, that any carbohydrates we just ate get broken down into glucose (sugar) and then passed into our bloodstream. Then our pancreas will detect the rise in glucose and it begins to secrete the insulin.
The Pancreas; Its Role and Bariatric Surgery
Pancreas Anatomy, Problems, Tests, and Treatments – WebMD It was here that I found information about our pancreas. When I Googled “what’s a pancreas” and I came up with so much information I about fell out of my chair.
I was surprised that in all of the reading that I had done about type 2 diabetes, this was the first I was hearing about these problems caused by our pancreas.
The pancreas is a gland/organ in the human body that produces digestive enzymes. These enzymes are used to metabolize carbs and fats that we eat. The hormone insulin is also is also metabolized by these enzymes but produced in the pancreas.
I’d also been hearing this term “bariatric surgery” and knew that it had to do with a surgery that was done on excessively obese folks. So I wanted to include what the medical term meant as well since becoming obese is a symptom of diabetes.
Bariatric surgery: Weight loss can be achieved with bariatric surgery. This is done by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through removal of a portion of the stomach or by resecting and re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery).
In another article that I had read earlier and from some notes that I had taken about the pancreas and diabetes….It stated that with diabetes type 2, there are fat deposits around the pancreas and these fat deposits are what cause the disease; that these fat deposits are what blows everything out of whack, causing the hormone insulin to be disrupted and not available for use in pushing sugar to the cells to be used for energy but instead it is deposited as fat.
There is a meal plan that people were put on; a meal plan people are put on that is designed to jumpstart the pancreas, also made it so blood glucose levels became normal again and people could stop taking medications. The are no more amputations either.
This article also stated that “The big pharma group has been giving over 11,000 md’s funds to push their diabetes meds” instead of telling type 2 diabetics how to cure their diabetes with proper diet, proper rest, and proper exercise. The Big Diabetes Lie check out this group of doctors who are telling people the truth about how to cure your diabetes on your own.
Diabetes Type 2 and The Pancreas
I have also read that those of us type 2 diabetics who exercise properly can pretty much cure ourselves of this disease without too much else.
Meaning that if all that we ever did was exercise, but it has to be the proper amount of exercise, as a prediabetic, we never would have gotten sick with diabetes.
And that as a diabetic, we wouldn’t have to worry so much about the diet that we eat or changing our whole lifestyle.
Asking specific questions in Google, I found several places about “jumpstarting the pancreas”.
And “what’s a pancreas, how do you jumpstart the pancreas”?
Here’s what I found. It seems to help those that are especially motivated and don’t have trouble with losing weight or exercising. Easy for them to say right?
“What you can do is try to lose weight, especially, maybe, 5 to 10 percent of your body weight and exercise at a level at least 150 minutes per week, so maybe 30 minutes, five times a week. Doing these two things can really help jumpstart your pancreas.”
and “I liken it to jumpstarting a car or the battery in a car. When you lose weight it actually recharges your pancreas a bit and helps it work better. And when you exercise, it also helps your insulin work more efficiently.”
and “So combining losing weight and increased activity really can help your jumpstart your pancreas making it last better.”
Pancreatitis and diabetes
Diabetes is a relatively common complication of chronic pancreatitis. The NHS states that around 50% of people with chronic pancreatitis will go on to develop diabetes. Forms of diabetes caused by other medical conditions are referred to as being secondary diabetes.
Pancreatitis causes diabetes by affecting the amount of insulin the body produces. As a result, diabetes as a consequence of pancreatitis may require insulin injections.If you have chronic pancreatitis, it is useful therefore to be aware of the symptoms of diabetes.
Pancreatitis and diabetes medication
These drugs are in the DPP-4 inhibitors and incretin mimetics drug classes respectively. These drugs work by suppressing glucagon release and increasing insulin release from the pancreas.
Drugs in the same drug class tend to work in similar ways and so other DPP-4 inhibitor drugs (such as Galvus and Onglyza) and other incretin mimetics (such as Victoza and Bydureon) may also be found to raise the risk of pancreatitis.
How To Get Our Pancreas Back To Healthy
When asking my physician “what’s a pancreas” she kind of smiled and then began to give me a textbook answer: The pancreas is an organ. It is located in your abdomen. It’s role is essential in converting the food that you eat into fuel for your body’s cells.
Your pancreas has two functions. First, the exocrine function. It helps in the digestion of your food. Second, the endocrine function. It regulates your blood sugar.
As far as “what’s a pancreas” is concerned; it is essentially a really important organ in the human body.
Then I asked her “how do we get our pancreas back to healthy”?
I’m sure you can imagine what the “doc” had to say right? Take the medications prescribed for it, eat a diet low in carbs and little or no sugar, exercise at least every other day for 30 minutes (if not more) and get a good night’s rest.
You noticed what the first recommendation was correct? Take the meds that you were prescribed!
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Thanks for coming around tonight and checking out our new post about “what’s a pancreas”. I had no idea that it was such an important piece of our anatomy. It is affected by alcohol if I forgot to mention that piece of the puzzle. I don’t drink so I let it slip my mind. Just be mindful of how much alcohol you consume.
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