Yes, with insulin and digestive medication that helps process foods, a person can survive, unlike only a few years ago when there was little chance to live very long. There are some new artificial pancreases that medical researchers have developed but are trying to reduce it in size and make it more portable. Insulin has to be taken by Type one diabetics and medicines, by Type two folks, such as myself. If many people knew the causes such as drinking alcohol, and smoking as well as unhealthy eating habits, they would treasure the glands in their bodies, such as the lungs, heart, liver, and pancreas. We all have needed to make adjustments in our life and its routines over the years. Genetics also plays a part in problems associated with the pancreas, pituitary, liver, and thyroid glands, such as I have been unfortunate to have had. With today's medical help, life can be more bearable.