Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency affects the ability of the pancreas to aid in food digestion. The pancreas is responsible for producing enzymes that help the body break down food and absorb nutrients. Problems with this process can cause digestive and general health issues. People with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency require medical treatment and lifestyle changes to process food properly.
The pancreas releases enzymes into the small intestine that help break down food so the body can access the nutrients within. People with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency do not produce or release enough of these enzymes and so cannot absorb fat and certain vitamins and minerals properly from their food. This can lead to malnutrition and weight loss.
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