The pancreas can be found across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. One part of the pancreas is cradled in the curve of the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine.  Being an endocrine gland, the pancreas manufactures special blood messengers or hormones that go into the blood system.  The digestive enzymes of the pancreas break down everything that we eat--proteins, fats and carbohydrates-- into small particles that are absorbed into our gut’s wall. From there, these food particles get into our blood so that our bodies can use the food for cellular energy, building our cells, feeding our bodies with nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. A big thank you goes out to the pancreas; it is the core to proper digestion.  If the pancreas, which is the main digestive organ, is sick, then a person will suffer digestive disorders. 

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