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What problems can develop with the pancreas?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One little kink in any of the digestive organs can throw the entire system off track. It's no different for the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin, along with other hormones.

With some minor malfunctions in the digestive process involving the pancreas, you can experience some problems digesting fat, which can lead to the ultra-popular side effect of fatty stools (tip: you know your stools have a lot of fat when they float; remember that fat always floats). And you can also experience some pain when ducts get blocked by stones or thick mucus.
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