How to prevent pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis caused by gallstones can not be absolutely prevented. However, the risk of forming gallstones may be reduced by maintaining a healthy weight with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
First and foremost, avoid any alcohol. Continued use will only lead to increased damage and possible death. Overuse of alcohol is the No. 1 cause of chronic pancreatitis and a contributing factor in many acute attacks. The amount of alcohol necessary to cause pancreatitis varies from one person to another. Generally, moderate consumption is considered no more than two alcoholic beverages per day for men and one per day for women and older people.
Eating a high-fat diet can result in high blood fat levels. Work with your doctor and a dietitian to plan a healthy diet. Patients should also follow a low-fat diet. These measures reduce the presence of fat in the duodenum, reduce acid in the duodenum and reduce the need for pancreatic enzyme secretion. These measures are very successful in about a third of patients, moderately successful in a third and unhelpful in a third. Some eminent specialists have supported the use of antioxidants in the treatment of chronic pancreatitis. These antioxidants include selenium and vitamin C.