The pancreas sits behind the stomach and produces digestive juices that empty into the small intestine. The pancreas produces amylase and lipase which are key digestive enzymes that help your body break down starches and fats. Pancreatic insufficiency is a deficiency of these enzymes that results in malabsorption. Symptoms can include steatorrhea (clay-colored, loose, greasy, foul-smelling large stools), abdominal discomfort, bloating, and weight loss.
Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are broken down by stomach acids, enzymes produced by the pancreas, and bile from the liver. This process also releases micronutrients. This blood test measures the levels of enzymes produced by the pancreas.
An enzyme produced by the pancreas which is released into the digestive tract to help digest fatty foods.
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Fast from all food and drink other than water for at least 8 hours, and no more than 12 hours prior to your test.