Going to the doctors every once in a while, despite feeling healthy, is a good thing. Many times, it is during regular checkups that people learn they suffer from certain illnesses or conditions.
When the parents of a 14-year-old girl spotted strange marks on her neck, they believed it was color from her shirt, or maybe dirt. But after the dark color didn’t go away after trying to wash it off, it raised a red flag.
As they were unaware what was wrong, the worried parents took their daughter to the doctors. The moment the doctor laid eyes on the girl’s neck, she demanded tests to be run in order to check how the girl’s pancreas worked. Apparently, those marks, which resembled dirt, showed that this organ didn’t function properly. The pancreas plays an essential role in converting the food we eat into fuel for the body’s cells. This organ has two main functions: an exocrine function that helps in digestion and an endocrine function that regulates blood sugar. Problems with the pancreas can affect the entire body. If the pancreas does not produce enough digestive enzymes, for example, food will not be properly absorbed. This can lead to weight loss, diarrhea, and diabetes.
Thankfully for this teen, her mom and dad acted right away and further damage was prevented. She was prescribed proper medications and is now doing fine.
Whenever you notice anything unusual about your body consult a specialist as soon as possible.
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