Symptoms & Causes of Pancreatitis
How well do you know about your pancreas?
Do you know what actually pancreas do in your body?
You may be unaware, your pancreas does a lot for you.
The pancreas is about 6 inches flattened gland located deep in the abdomen. We don’t talk much about pancreas in our day to day life, so most people don’t know the importance of pancreas unlike other parts of their body.
The pancreas mainly does two things in your body.
- It makes digestive enzymes and releases into the small intestine, which helps in the digestion of food. A healthy pancreas can make about a litre of these enzymes every day.
- It makes hormones like insulin and glucagon to balance your blood sugar levels.
Inflammation of the pancreas is called as Pancreatitis. In this condition, the digestive enzymes get activated before they are released into the small intestine and start attacking the pancreas.
Pancreatitis is of two forms:
Acute Pancreatitis: It is a sudden and short time inflammation of the pancreas. It may cause mild discomfort to severe or life-threatening complications.
Chronic Pancreatitis: It is a long-lasting progressive inflammatory disease of the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis might cause permanent damage to the structure and functions of the pancreas.
Significantly, men are more prone to affect from Pancreatitis than women.