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Pancreatitis (cont.)

Diet for Pancreatitis

The diet for people with acute pancreatitis consists of bowel rest for a few days. Bowel rest means no food or liquid intake by mouth. consequently, patients need to be provided fluids and nutrition intravenously in the hospital while the pancreas is given time to recover. The patient is then slowly advanced to oral intake starting off with clear fluids and then soups.

Patients with chronic pancreatitis are suggested to have a low-fat diet (maximum 20 g/day), high carbohydrates in are advised to eat small sized and more frequent meals (about 5 to 6 per day). If the pancreas develops a flare, the patient should go back to bowel rest for about a day or so but not to become dehydrated by taking oral fluids. If symptoms don't resolve, medical care should be sought immediately. Patients with either chronic or acute pancreatitis strongly advised not to drink any alcoholic beverages.

Self-Care at Home for Pancreatitis

For most people, self-care alone is not enough to treat pancreatitis. People may be able to make themselves more comfortable during an attack, but they will most likely continue to have attacks until treatment is received for the underlying cause of the symptoms. If symptoms are mild, people might try the following preventive measures:

  • Stop all alcohol consumption.
  • Adopt a liquid diet consisting of foods such as broth, gelatin, and soups. These simple foods may allow the inflammation process to get better.
  • Over-the-counter pain medications may also help. Avoid pain medications that can affect the liver such as acetaminophen (Tylenol and others). In individuals with pancreatitis due to alcohol use, the liver is usually also affected by the alcohol.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/30/2015

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