Pancreatic Gland Disorders
The pancreas is an organ located right below your rib cage and behind your stomach. It plays an important role in digestion and produces several types of hormones that the body needs to function properly. Most importantly, the pancreas produces insulin a hormone that converts the glucose from the foods we eat into energy by transferring the glucose into cells.
If the pancreas is damaged, it will lead to many serious medical conditions. These are but not limited to:
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. When there is an infection, the digestive enzymes found in the pancreas will start to digest the organ itself.
This is the condition where there is too much mucus produced and can block the tubes in the pancreas.
As mentioned earlier, the pancreas produces insulin which plays a vital role in the development of Type 1 and 2 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreases no longer produce insulin because the body’s own immune system attacks the beta cells of the pancreas. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas no longer produces enough insulin to meet the requirement.
When the pancreas is no longer able to function as it should, it will not be able to produce hormones which are called hormonal imbalance. Other pancreatic gland disorders are hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
- Hyperglycemia occurs when there is too much glucose in the blood. This is a common sign of Diabetes Mellitus. Hyperglycemia can cause complications including diabetic ketoacidosis. Long-term complications can damage other body systems and organs.
- Hypoglycemia occurs when individuals with diagnosed Diabetes experiences episodes of a very low level of blood glucose. Severe hypoglycemia complications include loss of consciousness seizures and more.
If you think you are suffering from Pancreatic Gland Disorders you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Pancreatic Gland Disorders as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).