A very common but relatively unknown disease, type 2 diabetes affects several organs in different ways. In this article, we lift the veil on the link between this disease and certain noble organs such as the liver, the pancreas or the kidneys.
If our mind is always focused on the pancreas when we hear about type 2 diabetes, this disease affects many organs in different ways. Find out in this article how your liver, pancreas and kidneys struggle to protect you from high blood sugar and how they are affected by diabetes. Everyday Health sheds light on this.
The Pancreas: Your Body’s Main Producer of Insulin
This small pear-shaped organ is among the noble organs for a good reason: it performs two main functions that are essential to the proper functioning of the human body. Located in the upper left part of the abdomen, the pancreas is part of the digestive system and performs the following functions:
- The exocrine function
The exocrine function of the pancreas is to make digestive “juices” (called enzymes) that will be responsible for the breakdown of all kinds of nutrients – such as fats, proteins and carbohydrates for example.
- The endocrine function
The pancreas is best known for its endocrine function, which is the production of hormones such as insulin.