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Pancreatitis is the medical term that describes inflammation of your pancreas 1. One of the most common health problems associated with pancreatitis is high blood sugar levels -- a condition known as hyperglycemia. There are two main types of pancreatitis, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center, and both may cause necrosis, or tissue death, and bleeding around your pancreas 1. Certain dietary practices may be helpful as an adjunct therapy in treating your pancreatitis. Ask your doctor if this treatment approach is right for you.
Pancreatitis and High Blood Sugar
Your pancreas is an organ and gland that synthesizes and secretes insulin -- the hormone that helps control your blood sugar levels. Pancreatitis may damage your insulin-generating cells over time, which means that your insulin levels may drop. Without sufficient insulin, sugar, or glucose, will remain in your blood, causing numerous long-term health problems. Though pancreatitis may cause high blood sugar in some individuals, other pancreas-related disorders, such as pancreas infection or pancreatic cancer, may also cause this health problem, notes the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.
- Your pancreas is an organ and gland that synthesizes and secretes insulin -- the hormone that helps control your blood sugar levels.
- Pancreatitis may damage your insulin-generating cells over time, which means that your insulin levels may drop.
A Beneficial Diet
Foods That Will Heal the Pancreas
A Useful Food
Foods high in iron and B-vitamins, such as kale, may be particularly useful in treating your pancreatitis and high blood sugar. Kale promotes antioxidant protection, notes George Mateljan, a nutritionist, biologist and author of "The World's Healthiest Foods." Antioxidants contained in kale include beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein 2. Other beneficial nutrients in kale include vitamins A, C and K and manganese. Kale has also historically been used to help improve your vision, protect you from cancer and reduce inflammation throughout your body.
- Foods high in iron and B-vitamins, such as kale, may be particularly useful in treating your pancreatitis and high blood sugar.
Vitamins For Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis and high blood sugar are both serious health problems that may require medical management and intervention. A combination of therapies, including conventional and alternative treatment measures, may be most beneficial in treating these health problems. The use of diet and nutrition alone for these problems is not recommended and does not ensure a favorable health outcome. Further scientific research evidence may be required to assess the true health benefits of foods and dietary strategies commonly used in treating these conditions.
- Pancreatitis and high blood sugar are both serious health problems that may require medical management and intervention.
- Further scientific research evidence may be required to assess the true health benefits of foods and dietary strategies commonly used in treating these conditions.
Foods That Will Heal the Pancreas
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- University of Maryland Medical Center: Pancreatitis
- "The World's Healthiest Foods"; George Mateljan; 2007
- Spanier BWM, Dijkgraaf MGW, Bruno MJ. Epidemiology, aetiology and outcome of acute and chronic pancreatitis: An update. Best practice & research Clinical gastroenterology. 2008;22(1):45-63. doi:10.1016/j.bpg.2007.10.007
- Rasmussen HH. Nutrition in chronic pancreatitis. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2013;19(42):7267. doi:10.3748/wjg.v19.i42.7267
- Clinical practice guideline: management of acute pancreatitis – Canadian Journal of Surgery. Canjsurg.ca. http://canjsurg.ca/vol59-issue2/59-2-128/. Published 2016.
- Castiñeira-Alvariño M, Lindkvist B, Luaces-Regueira M, et al. The role of high fat diet in the development of complications of chronic pancreatitis. Clinical Nutrition. 2013;32(5):830-836. doi:10.1016/j.clnu.2013.02.002
- Conwell, Darwin L., et al. American Pancreatic Association Practice Guidelines in Chronic Pancreatitis. Pancreas, vol. 43, no. 8, Nov. 2014, pp. 1143–1162, doi:10.1097/mpa.0000000000000237
- Duggan, S, Conlon, K. A Practical Guide to the Nutritional Management of Chronic Pancreatitis. Practical Gastroenterology. June 2013; 118: 24-32.
- Singh, Siddharth, et al. Dietary Counseling Versus Dietary Supplements for Malnutrition in Chronic Pancreatitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 6, no. 3, Mar. 2008, pp. 353–359, doi:10.1016/j.cgh.2007.12.040
- Vonlaufen, Alain, et al. Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatitis: Current Opinion. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 23, no. 9, Sept. 2008, pp. 1339–1348, doi:10.1111/j.1440-1746.2008.05520.x
- Yadav D, Lowenfels A. The Epidemiology of Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer. Gastroenterology. 2013;144(6):1252-1261. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2013.01.068
Martin Hughes is a chiropractic physician, health writer and the co-owner of a website devoted to natural footgear. He writes about health, fitness, diet and lifestyle. Hughes earned his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore.