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4 easy and surprising way to keep your pancreas healthy
January 07 2019, 11:05 AM
While it’s often overlooked, the pancreas is an important, hardworking organ.

It makes enzymes that help digest food and regulate blood sugar levels. The most important steps to keeping your pancreas healthy are to eat healthy, cut alcohol consumption, and avoid tobacco. If you’re managing a pancreatic disorder, such as pancreatitis, follow your doctor’s dietary guidelines, and take any medication as directed.

Limit your fat consumption, and choose healthy fats and oils.

Avoid greasy fast food.

Eat lean proteins, such as white meat poultry and fish.

Go for low-glycemic foods, such as whole grains.

Avoid consuming added sugars.

Drink at least 6 to 8 c (1.4 to 1.9 L) of fluids per day.

Eat small, frequent meals if you have a pancreatic disorder.

Get about 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Avoid drinking alcohol.

Quit smoking or stop using any other tobacco products

Manage stress by doing yoga and meditating.

Try to lose weight if you’re overweight or obese.

See your doctor if you have symptoms of a pancreatic disorder.

Take supplemental enzymes or insulin if necessary.

Manage pain due to pancreatitis with over-the-counter medications.

Undergo surgery if you have damaged tissue or pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatitis and cirrhosis of the liver often present with identical symptoms. If you experience symptoms such as sharp pain in the upper left quadrant of your abdomen (just above your belly button) along with yellowing of the eyes and skin, see your doctor right away to get a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Designer: Nguyen Ngoc Anh


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