Can pancreatitis be prevented?

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  • Depending on the cause of your pancreatitis, you may be able to prevent the onset of the condition. Pancreatitis brought on by alcohol abuse, diet, medication, or injury may be preventable. Reducing the amount of alcohol you consume, as well as the amount of fatty foods you ingest, will improve your chances of avoiding pancreatitis. Talking to your doctor about the medications you are taking and their affect on your pancreas may reduce your likelihood of having pancreatitis. Exercising caution and trying to prevent injury to the abdomen will also decrease the possibility of having pancreatitis.

  • AHealthwise answered

    You cannot completely prevent pancreatitis caused by gallstones. But you may be able to reduce your risk of forming gallstones by staying at a healthy weight with a balanced diet and regular exercise.

    You can reduce your chance of having pancreatitis by not drinking alcohol excessively. The amount of alcohol needed to cause pancreatitis varies from one person to another. Generally, moderate consumption is considered no more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day for men and 1 a day for women and older people.

    Smoking may increase your chance of having pancreatitis. If you smoke, it's a good idea to quit.

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