Islets of Langerhans contain beta cells and are located within the pancreas. Beta cells produce insulin, which is needed to metabolize glucose within the body.
Reviewed By: Robert Hurd, MD, Professor of Endocrinology and Health Care Ethics, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. 11-20-18: Editorial update.