Diabetes, as we all know is a metabolic disorder raised due to abnormal sugar levels in the body. Sugar levels may get disturbed due to the failure of the pancreas to produce the required amount of insulin or even when our body fails to properly use the insulin produced by the pancreas. Under this condition, people experience diabetes symptoms like frequent urination, increased thirst, increased hunger, slow healing of wounds and many others. Genetics, obesity and unhealthy diet all trigger the risk of diabetes.
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As we are well aware of the fact that diabetes affects major organs of our body like eyes, kidneys and so on and even leads to complications like Kidney failure, vision loss, mouth ulcers and others. But how many of us know the fact that diabetes can even affect our pancreas and its functioning? Yes, that’s true, diabetes directly influences pancreas functioning and also raise the risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
Before going into the topic let us have a quick glance at the role of the pancreas in our body especially in sugar metabolism.
Role of Pancreas in our body
The pancreas is an important organ located at the back of the abdomen and behind the stomach. It plays a crucial role in the digestive system by producing required enzymes and hormones which are essential for healthy digestion and it mainly produces insulin, a crucial hormone that helps to regulate sugar levels in the body. Beta cells present in the pancreas produce insulin. Each and every cell in our body requires glucose and insulin helps the cells in utilizing the glucose. This crucial organ, the pancreas gets adversely affected with several factors like excess intake of alcohol, unhealthy diet and many others. Along with our sedentary lifestyle, few health conditions like diabetes and others also affects the pancreas, its functioning and even lead to pancreas problems like pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
How diabetes affects the pancreas?
Diabetes has direct and severe effects on the pancreas. Under diabetes, sugar levels continuously raise and pancreas continuously produces enough insulin to control these high sugar levels. When beta cells present in the pancreas overexert themselves, in long run it affects their functioning.
In Type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks these beta cells and damages them. This damage to the beta cells makes it difficult for the pancreas to produce insulin and its ability to produce insulin slowly gets demolished.
Type 2 diabetes especially increases the risk of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is nothing but inflammation of the pancreas and is of two types namely acute and chronic pancreas. Acute pancreatitis is a condition where inflammation of pancreas occurs suddenly and gets controlled within a few days to weeks. Whereas, under chronic pancreatitis, the inflammation occurs gradually and it has severe effects on the pancreas and can even lead to its damage.
People who have long-standing diabetes (i.e. suffering from diabetes over the past 6 years) are at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer in the early stages may not cause any symptoms. Whereas, among people who always had well-controlled diabetes, a sudden rise in their glucose levels may be a sign of pancreatic cancer. Homoeopathy treatment for pancreatitis works effectively and also improves the functioning of the pancreas by controlling problem from its roots. People who have long-standing diabetes (i.e. suffering from diabetes over the past 6years) are at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer in the early stages may not cause any symptoms. Whereas, among people who always had well-controlled diabetes, a sudden rise in their glucose levels may be a sign of pancreatic cancer.