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which type of natural treatments are there for chronic pancreatitis?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Please get real help: Chronic pancreatitis can lead to chronic pain, maldigestion with weight loss and wasting, diabetes, and even pancreatic cancer.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can acute pancreatits turn into chronic pancreatitis?

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Dr. Michael Shim
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Yes: Yes. Just avoid whatever triggered the acute.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
No: That would just make the malnutrition caused by chronic pancreatitis worse. Chr pancreatitis usually from alcohol; can be painful, can cause diabetes, malabsorption of nutrients, especially fats, fat solvits (a, d, e, k), proteins, carbs, wt loss, osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease. Rx pancreatic supplements, pain relief, sometimes surgery. Acute: rx'd w/bowel rest, supportive care, sometimes surg.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Sort of: Chronic pancreatitis is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I have chronic pancreatitis and iwould like to know about causes?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis most often due to alcoholism. Other causes are hypertriglyceredemia, certain medications, stone in common bile duct, etc, .
A 41-year-old member asked:

What defines chronic pancreatitis?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Irreversible changes: Chronic pancreatitis is defined by irreversible changes in the pancrease (pancrelipase) such as fibrosis. This causes poor function and problems with digestion and blood sugar conrol.

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