Assignment #2 (Pancreas Poster)

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Assignment #2 (Pancreas Poster)


Meet Pancreas


Role in the System: Functioning as an exocrine gland, the pancreas excretes enzymes to break down the proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids in food. Functioning as an endocrine gland, the pancreas secretes the hormones insulin and glucagon to control blood sugar levels throughout the day

Pancreatic Gland

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The name pancreas comes from the Greek language, and is spelled "pankreas." Pan means "all," and "kreas" means meat. So, pancreas really means "all meat." Many parts of the world eat the pancreas of various animals, and it is considered a very rich food.

-Cells in the pancreas (called beta cells) that release insulin can be damaged. This causes a condition called diabetes, and people who have diabetes have to be very careful about how much sugar they eat, and what medicines they take.

-Insulin is released after you eat, or you have too much sugar (glucose) in your blood. It forces the sugar to go into your muscles and other cells to prevent the damage caused by too much sugar.

-When your sugar (glucose) is low, the pancreas releases another hormone called glucagon. This makes the liver release sugars, which keeps your brain and other organs that depend on sugar (glucose) happy.


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