Pancreas Disorders: Overview

Pancreas disorders, or pancreatic disorders, are those affecting the pancreas, which is an organ in the abdomen. Examples include Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer, Diabetes, and many others. Pancreas disorders are of two main types, depending on which part of the pancreas is abnormal. The pancreas has a part called the “exocrine pancreas” which is related to the production of digestive fluids for the digestive system; an exocrine pancreas disorder typically causes a gastrointestinal disorder. The “endocrine pancreas” is the other smaller portion of the pancreas that secretes a number of endocrine hormones, such as insulin, glucagon, and others. An endocrine pancreas disorder usually causes an endocrine disorder from too little or too much of one of these hormones. Diabetes occurs from a reduction in insulin production, but this is the less-common form of diabetes called Type 1 Diabetes. Surprisingly, the more common Type 2 Diabetes (usually in older adults) is not really caused by the pancreas itself, but more often by other cells in the body become less sensitive to insulin, which then causes the pancreas various difficulties.

   •   •   •

Back to: « Pancreas Disorders

Related Articles

Related Disease Topics

Note: This site is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. See your doctor or other qualified medical professional for all your medical needs.