Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
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The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen between the stomach and the spine. The pancreas makes hormones and enzymes that help the body control blood sugar, digest food, and store energy from food.
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), is when the pancreas does not make enough proteins (enzymes) to digest food. If EPI is not treated, your body may not get enough nutrition or vitamins from the food you eat. EPI may lead to weak bones (low bone mass), a weak body defense system (immune system), and an increase in your risk of heart problems.
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This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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