• Frequently Asked Questions

    If I have pancreatitis, am I at risk of developing diabetes?

    Chronic pancreatitis can damage the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, diabetes may develop. If you have a family history of diabetes, you may be more likely to develop the disease. If this happens, you will need insulin or other medicines to keep blood glucose at normal levels.

    What is the appropriate diet for someone who has pancreatitis?

    The majority of pancreatitis is due to alcohol or gallstones. There are less common causes which require appropriate investigations by a specialist. Avoiding alcohol is extremely important for anyone with pancreatitis.

    Below are diet recommendations to adhere to following an episode of pancreatitis:

    • Avoid alcohol
    • Eat low fat meals - but keep a well balanced diet
    • Drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids to keep well hydrated

    Additional recommendations regarding diet and lifestyle include:

    • Eating well balanced meals at least 3 per day
    • Being sure to adhere to a high fibre diet
    • Including calcium in your diet
    • Choosing meals low in saturated fats
    • Aiming for a healthy weight (BMI 20-25). Note: rapid changes in weight (increase or decrease) can cause stone formation so be sure to make modifications in your weight gradually.

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