A Diet for Pancreatitis

A sedentary lifestyle partnered with the consumption of highly processed foods will eventually give you pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is defined as the inflammation of the pancreas. It occurs when pancreatic enzymes (especiallytrypsin) that digest food are activated in the pancreas instead of the small intestine. It may be acute – beginning suddenly and lasting a few days, or chronic – occurring over many years. It has multiple causes and symptoms.

The pancreas is a large gland located behind the stomach and releases enzymes that, when combined with bile from the liver help digest the foods we eat. They also help in the release of the hormones insulin and glucagon. Damage to the pancreas could very well be the result of its inflammation and this may cause the formation of gallstones. Although surgically removable, gallstones may cause incredible pain.

When inflammation of the pancreas occurs, hospitalization is usually required for pain management, intravenous fluids may be administered for hydration and antibiotics can be introduced intravenously as well. Likewise, dietary management can be performed while admitted.

Yogurt is a good food choice for pancreatitis sufferers as well as oily fish like tuna and salmon which are both rich in Omega-3. Initially though, after recovery, staying away from fats like butter, margarine, ghee and the like is recommended. Slowly introduce normal foods and aim at training the patient to eat only natural, low-fat and low carb foods. When we talk about an entire diet plan, a low-fat and low carb diet are your two best bets at alternating so that you do not promote diet fatigue. The Atkins diet is a good low-carb diet to follow and provides a time frame to follow. Find a similar diet with a time frame to follow but this time with attention to very low fat intake as a weight loss diet.

If you haven’t had the chance or the willpower to start on that weight loss plan, this could very well be it because a pancreatic diet, with its low-carb and low-fat focus can also translate into losing that excess weight you’ve been carrying around. As bad as pancreatitis is, look on the bright side. Starting out on maintaining your pancreatic health diet can also be the start of your weight loss plan. With a pancreatic health diet centering on low-carb and low-fat foods, weight loss may not be far behind.

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