The pancreas, an important organ located behind the stomach, plays an important role in digestion and blood sugar regulation. Pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, can disrupt these functions, leading to serious health problems. Taking a proactive approach to pancreatic health is essential to overall wellness.
The pancreas is an important organ in both the endocrine and digestive systems. Located in the stomach behind the stomach, it produces enzymes that help break down food, especially protein, and produces insulin to regulate blood sugar.
In an interaction with Zee News English, Dr. Uddhavesh Paithankar, Consultant-Gastroenterologist, Manipal Hospital Gurugram talks about simple ways to keep your pancreas healthy.
Dr. Uddhavesh says, “Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed and red. The condition can be short-term (acute) or persistent (chronic). The initial symptom is abdominal pain, and the two most common causes are alcohol consumption and gallstones. ..”
5 Simple Ways You Can Keep Your Pancreas Healthy
Here are 5 simple ways to keep your pancreas healthy:
1. Get rid of your bloated belly: Excess fat, especially those complex triglycerides (the type of fat in your blood), can upset your pancreas. So, watch your weight by eating good foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Stop drinking sugary drinks and eating fatty snacks, because even a little weight loss can help you feel better.
2. Consume fiber-rich foods. Think of fiber as a gut-cleansing superhero. It removes harmful substances like cholesterol and bile, which can upset your pancreas. Eat plenty of fiber-rich foods, such as beans, lentils, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Try to eat 25-35 grams of fiber per day and remember to drink water to keep things moving smoothly.
3. Avoid alcohol: Since one of the most common causes of pancreatitis is excessive alcohol consumption, it is important to avoid it as much as possible. Excessive consumption can cause inflammation and damage your pancreas. Therefore, it is important to avoid alcohol, or if you consume it, drink within your limits.
4. Quit smoking. Smoking is bad for your pancreas in two ways. It affects how it works and makes it harder to recover if it’s upset. The best thing you can do for your whole body, including your pancreas, is to stop. Do not attempt to exit on your own. Get help and use tools that make quitting easier.
5. Continue testing for other illnesses. Certain health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even gallstones, can increase your chances of developing pancreatitis. In some cases of acute pancreatitis, a minimally invasive procedure such as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may be necessary.
Consult your doctor to take care of these health problems using medicines, good habits and regular visits.