Inflammation of the pancreas leads to
pancreatitis. Pancreas is a big gland at
the back the stomach and close to the
duodenum which secretes digestive
enzymes to small intestine through a
tube called the pancreatic duct. These
enzymes in turn assist the digestion of
proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in
food. Some common types of pancreatitis
are Chronic Pancreatitis, Hereditary
Pancreatitis, and Acute Pancreatitis.
Causes of pancreatitis may include
alcohol abuse, gallstone, medications,
hereditary disease, exposure to certain
chemicals, high fat levels in the blood,
infections such as mumps (not common),
surgery and other medical procedures,
trauma, and abnormalities of the
pancreas or intestine.
Other factors that lead to pancreatitis are:
Structural abnormalities of the pancreas
Viral infections like hepatitis and
Pancreatic cancer, which can obstruct
the flow of pancreatic enzymes
Inherited diseases, especially cystic
Signs and symptoms of Pancreatitis
include harsh pain in upper abdomen,
swollen tender abdomen, rapid pulse,
fever, nausea and vomiting, dehydration
and low blood pressure, internal
bleeding, and shock.
NUTRITIONAL MANAGEMENT OF
Quit alcohol and nicotine. This is
because they stimulate the pancreas to a
great extent. Stop smoking and chewing
Maintain a low fat diet consisting of
Try to eat food that is high in
carbohydrates and proteins as they
reduce the work pressure of your
Stop eating rich and spicy food to
reduce the chance of another attack.
Donít try to eat large meals at a time.
Rather go for small frequent meals.
Avoid concentrated sweets and desserts
that are very sweet if your blood
glucose level is high or above normal.
Caffeine and gas-forming food items
stimulate pancreas. So avoid these type
Margarine, butter, bacons etc., should
also be avoided
Quit red meat. Rather go for chicken.
You can include soybeans in your diet as
they are very good anti-oxidants.
You can eat light chicken soups or
vegetable soups frequently.
Green leafy vegetables are also very
good for pancreatitis.
Keep some fruit juice with you and
whenever you are tempted to have
alcohol, sip it.
Drink plenty of fluids in the form of
soups and juices.
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