What does the pancreas do?

The pancreas is a long, fish-shaped organ that sits behind the stomach on the left side of the body. It secretes a number of different substances needed to digest many different kinds of food into the small bowel.

The pancreas also makes insulin and releases it into the bloodstream as needed. All the body’s cells need insulin in order to use the sugar (glucose) from our food.

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