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How does pancreatitis affect the body?

Pancreatitis can affect the body in a variety of ways. Malnutrition, dehydration, and diabetes can all result from pancreatitis' affect on your digestion, making it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients, regulate blood sugar, and process fluids.

Pancreatitis can also affect your blood, causing low blood pressure. The chemistry in your body may also be affected by pancreatitis. Elevated chemicals in the body can affect your lung function, causing low oxygen levels in your blood. Elevated chemical levels will often return to normal when pancreatitis is treated.

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