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What kind of diet do I need to be on if I have pancreatitis?

People who have pancreatitis need to adhere to a low-fat diet that is high in fiber and water and has reduced amounts of caffeine. It is best to eat small, light meals throughout the day, especially if you are recovering from a recent attack of pancreatitis

Depending on the damage done to your pancreas and your body's ability to make certain enzymes, it may be recommended that you take an enzyme supplement with each meal to aid in digestion and absorption of the nutrients in your food. If you are having difficulty adjusting to a restricted diet, it may be useful to talk to a nutritionist of dietician that can assist you with meal planning and grocery shopping lists.

If you are affected with chronic pancreatitis you are more likely to need a restricted diet than someone who has had one acute attack of pancreatitis. However, whether you are affected by chronic or acute pancreatitis, doctors recommend cutting out all alcohol from your diet.

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