The pancreas is a large gland located behind the stomach and next to the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine). The pancreas has two primary functions:
- To secrete powerful digestive enzymes into the small intestine to aid the digestion of carbohydrates, proteins and fat
- To release the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream; these hormones are involved in blood glucose metabolism, regulating how the body stores and uses food for energy.
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