July 16, 2018

What is pancreatitis?

Your pancreas is the organ that sits just behind the lower part of your stomach. When it’s inflamed you have what is called pancreatitis. The main function of the pancreas is to produce and discharge hormones and enzymes that help with digestion and regulate your blood sugar (glucose). How does this happen? Digestive enzymes are released through the pancreatic duct into the small intestine where they’re activated to help break down fats and proteins. Digestive hormones produced by the pancreas are released into the blood stream where they help regulate blood sugar levels. What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis can either be…
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Liver & Gallbladder
December 8, 2017

Is your gallbladder acting up?

You have a nagging pain in your stomach. It might be gas, it could be a pulled muscle, or the after-effects of last night’s dodgy pizza. Or… it might be your gallbladder. If this sounds like a tiny, unimportant little organ you’ve never heard of before, you’re half-right. The problem though, is that, if your gallbladder does act up, you could land in hospital, or worse. When things go pear-shaped Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ, tucked under the liver. The job of the gallbladder is to store bile, a substance that helps you digest fat and fat-soluble vitamins and…
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Gut & digestion
May 10, 2017

What are gallstones and why do we get them?

You ate hours ago, but your food feels like it’s lodged in your chest, unable to digest past a huge impenetrable barrier. Nothing helps, not deep breathing; water makes it worse, and you can’t lie down comfortably without a stabbing pain between your shoulder blades. It may be gallstones. First thing to know: they are named as such but these lurkers aren’t really “stones.” Gallstones are more like solid bits of material that form in your gallbladder. They can be microscopic or grow into sizeable bits. Get to know your gallbladder This organ is shaped like a pear and lives…
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