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Digestive Health

What is the role of the pancreas in digestion?

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  • ABeth A. Schrope, MD, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
    The pancreas contains exocrine glands that produce enzymes important to digestion. When food enters the stomach, these pancreatic juices are released into a system of ducts that culminate in the main pancreatic duct. The pancreatic juices and bile that are released into the duodenum help the body to digest fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.
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