Diet and Nutrition for Pancreatitis plus Cooking Hints and Recipes To Keep Pancreatitis Under Control!
Now, you can manage your pancreatitis with easy to follow cooking hints and recipes specifically for people with pancreatitis.
Meal Times Were Always Difficult For My Father. When We Discovered He Had Pancreatitis We Found Out Why The Pancreatitis Diet Is So Important!
For as long as I can remember my Father suffered from continuous bouts of pain especially around meal times. I have an enduring picture of him seated at the kitchen table bent over with elbows on the table and hands shielding his eyes. “What’s the matter, Dad?” I would say. “Oh, it’s just heartburn!” he’d say. Or “hiccups”, or in later years, “My ulcer’s playing up” or “My hiatal hernia’s giving me curry!”
The pains seemed to strike more and more often and the doctors always seemed to come up with some explanation for the cause. He’d been given the run down – “It’s heartburn. Go home and take a couple of paracetemol for the pain”. So off he’d go and take the aspirin, or Mylanta, or some other drug that seemed to have little overall effect whatsoever.
You see my Dad, Les, had a history of gastro-intestinal ailments and had been prescribed a load of different drugs over the years, none of which seemed to fully fix his problems. Among other things, he’d been diagnosed with a duodenal ulcer, hiatus hernia, appendicitis and diabetes and despite a cocktail of drug treatments he never really got 100% well.
We Never Realized That My Father’s Diet Could Have Contributed So Significantly To His Pancreatitis.
Dad was diagnosed with a major attack of Pancreatitis in July 2004. It was then that it started to dawn on us that the diet he maintained over the years had probably contributed to this latest condition. In fact it was after a fatty take-out meal that he suffered his final, attack of pancreatitis.
Unfortunately, Dad never recovered from his latest battle with pancreatitis! After sharing a meal with his granddaughter, he became violently ill. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and placed on an intravenous drip and given pain medication. He had blood tests, an ultra-sound and CT scan – all of which pointed to major pancreas problems!
He was placed into a medically-induced coma hoping that this might allow the organs to repair themselves. It turned out to be a forlorn hope!
If only we’d realized that what you eat and drink can have a powerful influence on your pancreatitis. We might have paid much closer attention to how Dad was feeling during and after meals and what his diet consisted of!
After my Dad passed away, we took it upon ourselves to find out everything we could about pancreatitis. This research lead us on a journey of discovery about many, many factors relevant to pancreatitis. Of these factors, none grabbed our attention as much as the importance of diet and nutrition for the pancreatitis sufferer.
What we discovered is that the pancreas is really a remarkable organ. In fact, it is really two organs in one! It is what’s known as an endocrine gland that secretes hormones such as insulin, and it is also an exocrine gland which secretes enzymes directly into the gut rather than into the blood.
Inflammation of the pancreas organ, which is pancreatitis, can therefore have a major influence on digestion. For the pancreatitis sufferer this means dietary modification and monitoring are essential parts of the treatment process.
We discovered that there are two very important reasons why the person with pancreatitis must...Read More detail