Pancreatic Health – How to Rejuvenate your Pancreas and its Islets
Today, we’re learning about pancreatic health. To start, the pancreas is a gland (measuring between 6 and 7 inches long) and is located in the abdomen as part of the human digestive system. The pancreas is a unique type of gland. It has both endocrine and exocrine function. The endocrine releases insulin directly into the bloodstream and the exocrine releases enzymes into ducts (salivary glands, for example).
In order to understand how a healthy pancreas can have a positive effect on the reversal of type 2 diabetes, it is essential to have a fundamental understanding of Islet (pronounced “eye-let”) cells, also known as “Islets of Langerhans”.
What are Islet clusters?
Islets are a bundle of hormone-producing cells. These include; Alpha, Beta, Delta, PP, and Epsilon cells. Each islet cluster is made up of approximately 3,500 of these various cells that coordinate to stabilize and regulate blood sugar levels.
How do these Islet cells aid in blood sugar regulation?
The Beta cell plays the most prominent role in blood sugar regulation. This is because of its ability to produce and release a hormone called insulin into the blood stream. If the beta cell (along with other islet cells) cannot accurately supply insulin, glucose levels in the body will become unstable.
How do Beta cells become inefficient?
Beta cells are very fragile, therefore when subjected to states of extreme stress for long periods of time, they can become dysfunctional and eventually die. A decrease in beta cell function can lead to failure of entire islet clusters. In this occurrence, production of insulin levels goes down and diabetic symptoms begin to develop. Your pancreatic health is waning.
Rejuvenating Pancreas – a key to pancreatic health:
The pancreas, like any other organ in the human body, has rejuvenation capacity. By enabling the pancreatic vitality, the beta cells can have an extended lifespan and thus enhanced metabolism. Several studies have shown that proper diet, exercise and nutritional support are essential components in maintaining the state of homeostasis.