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Pancreatitis (cont.)

Can pancreatitis be prevented?

The following recommendations may help to prevent further attacks or to keep them mild:

  • Completely eliminate alcohol because it is the only way to reduce the chance of further attacks in cases of pancreatitis caused by alcohol use, to prevent the pancreatitis from worsening, and to prevent the development of complications that can be very serious or even fatal.
  • Eat small frequent meals. If in the process of having an attack, avoid solid foods for several days to give the pancreas a chance to recover.
  • Eat a balanced diet high in carbohydrates and low in fats because may help individuals decrease the risk for pancreatitis since it is likely these actions will decrease the risk for gallstones, a major risk factor for pancreatitis.
  • If pancreatitis is due to chemical exposure or medications, the source of the exposure will need to be found and stopped, and the medication will need to be discontinued.
  • Don't smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/17/2016

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