Pancreas: Sugar Control Center

This week we are going to cover one of the last remaining endocrine glands, the pancreas and cover its hormones. The pancreas is king of duality. It is not only part of the endocrine system, but the digestive system. It is also an endocrine gland, as well as an exocrine gland (it secretes hormones into the blood and secretes enzymes through ducts). Even though 90% of its cells are playing on the digestive team, that doesn’t means it’s 5% of endocrine cells are less important. Two very important hormones that are essential to life and whose control is key to sustained weight loss, are housed in the pancreas. Of course I am referring to glucagon and insulin (which we will cover more in-depth later this week). Insulin works to keep blood sugar levels from getting too high, where glucagon has the opposite responsibility. A balance of these two is key to health and for body composition. The pancreas also secretes gastrin (aids in digestion) and vasoactive intestine peptide (VIP) to deal with water absorption. Today’s post is a bit of a tease, but it’s short and simple, tune in Thursday for a more in-depth look at insulin and glucagon. For more on our fat-burner weight loss programs check out our website at bodychange.net.

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