If your physician finds something amiss with your pancreas (the organ responsible for helping you digest your food), she/he may recommend an amylase serum test. The amylase enzyme helps to break down the starches and carbohydrates into sugar.
It is a standard test recommended by the doctor when an individual has complaints regarding the pancreas and the salivary glands. Pancreas, an organ located behind the stomach is also responsible for secretion of insulin in the body and managing diabetes. The Amylase is primarily known to be a special protein or enzyme.
Level of Amylase in the Body
When the pancreas is damaged or inflamed, it produces too much amylase or too little amylase. This gives rise to a pancreatic disorder in the body. To determine the health of the pancreas, an amylase blood test is recommended by the doctors. The levels of amylase in the body determine the health of the pancreas. They should be in the normal range only.
If amylase is found in your blood, it is no reason to panic as it is normal to some amount present in the blood. But if it is more than the normal amount, it is an indication that a duct or tube in the pancreas is injured or blocked. The signs to look out are:
Before going for the amylase test, the individual should not drink liquor/alcohol for at least 24 hours. Alcohol in the blood can interfere with the results. Also, the patient should be on an empty stomach, i.e., not have eaten or had anything to drink for at least two hours before the test.
If the individual is undergoing medication for other health problems, they should inform their doctor beforehand. This is important because certain medicines should not be taken before the test. Medication will be stopped temporarily until the analysis is completed or an adjustment will be made to the medicine dose.