i heart guts - pancreas plush
Sometimes a stuffed pancreas is better than your real one. Anyone else agree?? If you're in need for a friendlier pancreas plushie, look no further! We've got you!

How Does Pancreas WorkPancreas, O Pancreas! It's the coolest organ/gland in your entire body! It's an organ! It's a gland! It's an endocrine AND exocrine gland! It's a orgland! Or is it a glagan? Seriously, we need a new word here, people. Unless your pancreas is busted/retired, this is how it's supposed to work:

What Does Your Pancreas Do?

Your pancreas produces hormones (endocrine gland, meaning stuff that goes into your blood) that go into the bloodstream that help turn food into energy. The pancreas also makes fluids that go directly into your digestive system (exocrine gland, meaning stuff that squirts directly into the body) to help break down food. The excocrine stuff is pancreatic juice and enzymes and the endocrine stuff includes hormones like insulin, glucagon and somatostatins. Also the pancreas has a ton of really fun nooks and crannies with colorful ye olde names like the Duct of Wirsung and the Islets of Langerhans, named after a bunch of dead anatomists:

Pancreas Parts

And if we can geek out a bit more, here is how one of the pancreas' most famous hormones -- insulin -- works inside your body to help you transform lunch into energy.

How Insulin Works

Well, the pancreas is one complicated organ, as you can see. I haven't even gone into the different types of cells and the different stuff they make: to summarize: alpha cells make glucagon, beta cells make insulin, delta cells make somatostatins. These graphics here are a mere pancreatic sampling of the wonders that lie just beneath your skin! For a deeper understanding of your pancreas, crack open that anatomy textbook and take a deeper dive into this amazing organ! And if you need funny diabetes gifts, you know we bring the pancreas party with the best gifts for your Diabetes Warrior.

Pancreas Party Magnet

No party like a pancreatic party! 🎉🎈🍰💉  Our Party In My Pancreas magnet and pancreas buttons got a makeover! Perfect for your next Diabirthday. 

Party in My Pancreas Buttons

Insulin Plush Toy - Diabetic Gift - Diabetes Present - Cute Funny T1D Humor
We are pleased to introduce the latest I Heart Guts baby -- Insulin plush! Pancreas has been wanting a kid sister or brother to play with, so we figure these two are gonna be beta cell besties!

Insulin Toy - Insulin Stuffed Animal - Diabetic Gift - Diabetes Stuffed Animal - Diabetic Support Toy

Life without insulin wouldn't be as sweet! This plush insulin drop makes a great pal when a diabetes diagnosis or insulin needles get you down. Super soft, super cute 9.5" x 7" x 6" insulin plush toy pillow comes with a hangtag packed full of info all about this vital fluid produced by your pancreas. Or, if your panky is busted, supplied by a shot of real actual insulin. 

Diabetes Explained - Diabetes for Kids - How Insulin Works - How Diabetes Works

Insulin is a hormone that helps turn food into energy. After you eat, sugar from food goes into the bloodstream. Insulin unlocks body cells so they can accept a special delivery of sugar (aka glucose). The cell transforms glucose into energy for you to run and play. 

Insulin Plush Toy - Diabetes Doll - Diabetic Support - Diabetes Plush Toy

We don't love diabetes, but we hope your favorite diabetic thinks this new insulin friend is funny and cute, and will perhaps lend a much-needed dose of humor in tough times!