Pancreatitis: how to reduce the risk of the disease

After pic­nics and plen­ti­ful feasts, 2 times more peo­ple turn to doc­tors with acute pain in the abdomen. One com­mon cause is pan­cre­ati­tis. Why is it dan­ger­ous and how to reduce the risk of its for­ma­tion?

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The pan­creas weighs only 80 g — like a small apple. In doing so, she does dou­ble duty. It pro­duces enzymes that help digest pro­teins, fats and car­bo­hy­drates, and hor­mones (insulin and glucagon) that con­trol blood glu­cose lev­els. It is not sur­pris­ing that with such a load, the pan­creas is very vul­ner­a­ble. The diag­no­sis of “chron­ic pan­cre­ati­tis” is made every year by 50 out of 100 thou­sand inhab­i­tants of the CIS coun­tries. The main caus­es of the dis­ease are an abun­dance of spicy, fat­ty and fried foods, bad habits, and con­stant stress. How to rec­og­nize pan­cre­ati­tis in time?

Symptoms of pancreatitis

Pan­cre­ati­tis is an inflam­ma­tion of the pan­creas. It is acute and chron­ic. Acute is hard to miss — it declares itself very loud­ly. It all starts with severe pain in the left hypochon­dri­um, which quick­ly becomes gir­dle. Then nau­sea, vom­it­ing and diar­rhea join it — togeth­er or alone. With these signs, call an ambu­lance imme­di­ate­ly! While she is dri­ving, lie down in bed, relax your abdom­i­nal mus­cles and apply some­thing cold to the sore spot. Anal­gesics should not be tak­en. Also, dur­ing an attack, it is for­bid­den to eat or drink and apply a heat­ing pad to the stom­ach.

Chronic pancreatitis

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Chron­ic pan­cre­ati­tis is more dif­fi­cult to rec­og­nize. From time to time, pulling pains in the left side, bloat­ing, a feel­ing of heav­i­ness after eat­ing, nau­sea may dis­turb. Peo­ple often asso­ciate this ail­ment with overeat­ing or poor nutri­tion and do not see a doc­tor for years. Mean­while, irre­versible changes occur in the pan­creas. In every third case, chron­ic pan­cre­ati­tis leads to type II dia­betes. To pre­vent com­pli­ca­tions, do not tol­er­ate dis­com­fort and pain in the abdomen. Con­tact a doc­tor!

How to keep your pancreas healthy

Don’t get addict­ed to alco­hol. Often an attack of acute pan­cre­ati­tis pro­vokes alco­hol. The devel­op­ment of chron­ic pan­cre­ati­tis is often asso­ci­at­ed with a pas­sion for alco­hol. If every day you drink 40 g of pure alco­hol (100 g of vod­ka, 3–4 glass­es of wine or 2 bot­tles of beer of 0.5 liters each), then in five years chron­ic pan­cre­ati­tis is guar­an­teed.
Don’t smoke. Nico­tine changes the com­po­si­tion of pan­cre­at­ic juice, which con­tributes to inflam­ma­tion.
eat right. Eat often, but lit­tle by lit­tle. Rare meals cause the pan­creas to imme­di­ate­ly move from a state of rest to hard work. It hurts her. Avoid fried and fat­ty foods. If you have a feast, do not for­get about drugs that improve diges­tion.
Watch your weight. Keep in mind: fat is deposit­ed not only under the skin, but also in the inter­nal organs, includ­ing the pan­creas. This caus­es a vio­la­tion of its func­tions.
Avoid stress. Pan­cre­ati­tis can devel­op against the back­ground of con­stant stress, depres­sion, ner­vous strain. How to quick­ly get rid of stress, see our video.

Caution: Cancer

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Patrick Swayze. Pho­to: Shut­ter­stock

Chron­ic pan­cre­ati­tis is dan­ger­ous because it increas­es the risk of devel­op­ing pan­cre­at­ic can­cer — one of the most aggres­sive, fleet­ing and dif­fi­cult to diag­nose and treat. It was he who ruined Steve Jobs, Luciano Pavarot­ti, Lyubov Orlo­va, Oleg Yankovsky, Patrick Swayze, Alan Rick­man and many oth­er celebri­ties. The trou­ble is that this dis­ease can be almost asymp­to­matic for a long time. For exam­ple, Patrick Swayze did not even sus­pect that he was sick until he sud­den­ly became ill on the set … Doc­tors believed that he would live no more than 6 months, but the actor fought for almost 2 years. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, there is no one hun­dred per­cent way to pro­tect your­self from pan­cre­at­ic can­cer. But the time­ly treat­ment of inflam­ma­tion of this organ, the rejec­tion of bad habits, prop­er nutri­tion and a healthy lifestyle will reduce the risk of the dis­ease.

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