• Overview

    Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency (PEI) is a condition that causes problems in how you digest food. Your pancreas doesn't make enough of the enzymes that your body needs to break down and absorb nutrients.  

    Enzymes speed up chemical reactions in the body. The enzymes made by the pancreas move into the small intestine, where they help break down the food that you have eaten.

    When you have PEI, you don't get the nutrition you need because your body can't absorb fats and some vitamins and minerals from foods.

    There are drugs that work for this condition that give you much needed supply of enzymes. Besides taking medicine, you can manage your symptoms by making sure you follow the right diet. Your doctor will recommend foods that will help you get enough nutrients and protein that you might be missing.


Enhancing lifelong health

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