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?
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.
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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.
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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