TEDEd: What does the pancreas do?

TEDEd: What does the pancreas do?
Beneath your ribs, you’ll find, among other things, the pancreas — an organ that works a lot like a personal health coach. Emma Bryce explains how this organ controls your sugar levels and produces a special juice that releases the nutrients from your food to help keep you in the best possible shape.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Tremendousness.

The pancreas /ˈpæŋkriəs/ is a glandular organ in the digestive system and endocrine system of vertebrates. In humans, it is located in the abdominal cavity behind the stomach. It is an endocrine gland producing several important hormones, including insulin,glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide which circulate in the blood. The pancreas is also a digestive organ, secretingpancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes that assist digestion and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. These enzymeshelp to further break down the carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in the chyme.