How big is your pancreas?
I like to test my guests’ knowledge of diabetes and diabetes self-care management by playing games on our monthly podcast, Diabetes Late Nite . This is our game question from August’s podcast. Tune in to find out if my special guest, Jill Woolsey-Knapp, who lost 100 pounds after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes was able to answer the question correctly.
WEEKLY WOW QUESTION:Most of us know that our pancreas sits across the back of the abdomen, just behind the stomach, right?!!!! But we don’t seem to know the size of our pancreas. How big is your pancreas?
- 4 inches long
- 6 inches long
- 8 inches long
The pancreas is a long flattened gland located deep in the belly (abdomen). Because the pancreas isn’t seen or felt in our day to day lives, most people don’t know as much about the pancreas as they do about other parts of their bodies. The pancreas is, however, a vital part of the digestive system and a critical controller of blood sugar levels.
It’s interesting to note, because of the deep location of the pancreas, tumors of the pancreas are rarely able to be felt by pressing on the abdomen). This explains why most symptoms of pancreatic cancer do not appear until the tumor has grown large enough to interfere with the function of the pancreas or other nearby organs such as the stomach, duodenum, liver, or gallbladder.
ANSWER: 6 inches long
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