• Statistics

    • Pancreatitis is a condition that occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. The pancreas produces digestive enzymes needed to break down (digest) food and makes insulin which is needed to control blood sugar. When the pancreas is inflamed it releases its own enzymes causing damage to the pancreas and surrounding structures.
    • Acute care inpatient costs for pancreas diseases are ranked as the 5th most expensive digestive disease in Canada costing $120 million per year for 13,000 patients.
    • In the US, the direct health care costs of acute pancreatitis cost 2.2 billion USD (should translate to $200 million Cdn)
    • Pancreatitis affects 1 million Canadians.  
    • Acute pancreatitis affects more than 600,000 Canadians
    • Chronic pancreatitis affects more than 300,000 Canadians
    • Obesity is a well-known risk factor for developing severe, acute pancreatitis. The "obesity epidemic" of the western world will likely increase the total number of patients within the next few decades.

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