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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and Diabetes: What is the Connection?

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  Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) occurs when the pancreas does not make enough of the enzymes that the body uses to digest food. People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing EPI, but the condition is treatable. EPI is a condition in which the pancreas fails to produce enough of the pancreatic enzymes necessary to digest food and absorb nutrients.   

This can lead to deficiencies in important vitamins and minerals, as well as uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms.  People with diabetes have a higher risk of EPI, and people with EPI may also have a higher risk of diabetes. Read more . . . 
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