Pancreatic Insufficiency

Also indexed as:Pancreatitis (Acute and Chronic)
Gas, bloating, and other symptoms can surface when the pancreas doesn’t secrete enough of the enzymes needed for normal digestion. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Gas, bloating, and other symptoms can surface when the pancreas doesn’t secrete enough of the enzymes needed for normal digestion. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Add enzymes to your meals

    Under the direction of a doctor, take digestive enzymes with meals regularly to reduce discomfort

  • Load up on antioxidants

    Lessen pain and prevent recurrences of pancreatitis by taking a daily supplement containing beta-carotene (9,000 IU), vitamin C (540 mg), vitamin E (270 IU), methionine (2,000 mg), and selenium (600 mcg; note: this amount should be supervised by a healthcare professional)

  • Modify your diet

    With your healthcare provider’s approval, try a low-fat diet to reduce symptoms

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about commonly prescribed pancreatic enzymes (Pancrease MT, Lipram, Viokase)

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