Prevent Acute Pancreatitis
Edited by Mian Sheilette Ong, Robbi, Eng, Doug Collins
Pain has always been known as a deal breaker in any endeavor. When you experience pain, you are not able to concentrate and get anything done. One of the most painful medical conditions is acute pancreatitis.
Acute pancreatitis is an ailment that targets your pancreas. This is situated behind your stomach. It manufactures the needed enzymes that help hormone regulation and digestion in your body.
Sugar processing is the main function of the pancreas. If something goes wrong in your pancreas, you will definitely experience pain that lasts for a days. If acute pancreatitis is detected early, fatality can usually be avoided. If you know how to prevent acute pancreatitis, you can ensure your digestive health and overall health as well.
Symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis
There are two types of pancreatitis—acute and chronic. Listed below are their symptoms:
- Tender feel on the abdomen when touched
- Pain in the upper abdomen
- Pain in the abdomen radiates to the back
- Pain in the abdomen is aggravated after you eat
- Weight loss
- Steatorrhea (smelly, oily stool)
- Pain in the upper abdomen
See your doctor if you have abdominal pain that is not going away, if you cannot sit in one position, or if you have to shift positions to make you comfortable while sitting.
What are the Causes of Acute Pancreatitis
The following are the common causes of acute pancreatitis:
- 1Abdominal surgeryAdvertisement
- 2Gallstones (stones in the gall bladder)Advertisement
- 4Medications (certain medications that bring about pancreatitis as a possible side effect)
- 6ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
- 7History of pancreatitis in the family
- 8Cystic fibrosis (improper transport of sodium and chloride in the epithelial tissues, resulting to thick secretions)
- 9Hyperparathyroidism (high levels of parathyroid hormone)
- 10Hypercalcemia (high levels of calcium in the blood)
- 12Hypertriglyceridemia (high levels of triglycerides in the blood)
- 13Pancreatic cancer
- 14Injury sustained in the abdomen
What Happens When You Get Acute Pancreatitis
During the onset of acute pancreatitis, the enzymes are activated while they are still inside your pancreas. This damages the organ. Normally, the enzymes remain inactive while they are in the pancreas. They travel through the ducts towards the small intestines. Once the enzymes reach the small intestines, they become activated. Enzyme activation helps in the process of digestion.
When you have acute pancreatitis, the enzymes irritate the pancreatic cells because they are already activated inside the pancreas. This brings forth the various symptoms of pancreatitis including inflammation. If this happens on a prolonged period, your pancreas will eventually have scars, which will impede pancreatic function. When this happens, diabetes and digestive problems will occur.
Complications of Acute Pancreatitis
Below are complications of acute pancreatitis that you would definitely wouldn't want to have:
- 1Respiratory issues.If you have acute pancreatitis, there are chemical changes that happen in your body. These changes affect your respiratory system. When you don't breathe well, your blood oxygenation levels will fall. This spells trouble for your overall health.
- 2Diabetes.In acute pancreatitis, your pancreatic cells are damaged. The damages, especially those that the beta cells have, could very well lead to diabetes. If you contract this complication, you will then experience problems with sugar regulation in your blood.
- 3Kidney failure.Just as acute pancreatitis causes respiratory conditions, it may also bring about kidney failure. When you have failed kidneys, you would have to resort to regular dialysis sessions.
- 4Nutrient deficiency.Without the enzymes secreted by your pancreas, you won't be able to properly digest your food. As a result, your body won't be able to get the right amounts of nutrients every day.
- 5Infections.A damaged or malfunctioning pancreas is prone to bacterial infections, which are serious. If this is not detected and treated immediately, the infected pancreatic tissue may be surgically removed.
- 6Pseudocyst.During acute pancreatitis, the pockets in your pancreas will be filled with debris and fluids. These pseudocysts will eventually burst, causing infections and internal hemorrhage.
- 7Cancer of the pancreas.The prolonged inflammation caused by acute pancreatitis can develop to pancreatic cancer.
How to Prevent Acute Pancreatitis
Preventing acute pancreatitis is much better than treating it. Here are some of the ways you may be able to prevent this condition:
- 1Exercise regularly.This improves your overall circulation. When you entire body receives ideal oxygenation, you won't suffer from other ailments that may bring about pancreatitis.
- 2Quit smoking.Smoking removes oxygen from your blood. This deteriorates your organs much faster.
- 3Quit drinking alcohol.This habit dehydrates your cells. Dehydration makes the organs malfunction.
- 4Drink lots of water.Properly hydrated cells prevent medical conditions including pancreatitis.
- 5Eat healthy, antioxidant rich foods.Antioxidants will help you battle cell deterioration and prevent organ malfunction such as pancreatitis.Advertisement
Like any other ailment, acute pancreatitis may-- in many cases-- be prevented. When you try your best to keep it away, you will avoid all those tedious treatments. You won't even have to drown yourself in worry. Remember that a healthy body results to a healthy mind and prolonged lifespan.
- Be aware of what you eat.
- Always seek medical help if you experience any bouts of abdominal pain.
- Take multivitamins that are approved by your doctor.
- Avoid processed foods.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.