The pancreas produces enzymes—digestive juices—that help control blood sugar levels by breaking down food and hormones. The pancreas is vital and issues with it can cause many different health problems, including:
- Pancreatitis: the inflammation of the pancreas. The digestive enzymes made by the pancreas irritate the pancreatic lining.
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cystic fibrosis: thick, sticky mucus blocks the tubes and ducts in your pancreas.
- Diabetes: regarding type–1 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to make insulin because the immune system is attacking the beta cells. Regarding type-2 diabetes, the pancreas cannot release enough insulin to break down food.
Your doctor will need to run tests to identify, diagnose, and build a treatment plan for you.