Pancreatitis – What are the symptoms and what causes this disease?

According to WebMD: The pancreas is a large gland that does two things.  It releases enzymes to aid in the digestion of food, and it releases hormones, insulin and glucagon, into the bloodstream to help the body control how it uses food for energy.

Pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed.  There are two forms of pancreatitis, acute and chronic. In most cases, causes of acute pancreatitis are gallstones or heavy alcohol use. Other causes include medications, infections, trauma, metabolic disorders and surgery.

In 70% of cases, the cause of chronic pancreatitis is long time alcohol use.  Other causes are gallstones, hereditary disorders of the pancreas, cystic fibrosis, high triglycerides, and certain medications.

Acute Pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation that lasts for a short time.  Symptoms are upper abdominal pain that radiates into the back, swollen and tender abdomen, nausea and vomiting, fever, and increased heart rate.  In severe cases it can cause harm to the heart, lungs and kidneys.

Chronic Pancreatitis is long lasting inflammation.  It most often happens after acute pancreatitis due to heavy alcohol drinking. Symptoms are similar to acute pancreatitis.  Other symptoms are weight loss caused by poor absorption of food, and diabetes.

Take care of your pancreas!

Here’s to your Health!

Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR



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