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How do I get enough nutirents if I have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)?

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EPI makes it hard for you to get the right nutrients because your body can’t break down your foods. You might not get enough vitamin A, B12, D, E, and K, and you probably don’t take in enough fats.

Your doctor can prescribe vitamin supplements to help you get the right levels of these nutrients. They can also tell you which over-the supplements and dosage to take.

SOURCES:

National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI).”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “What is pancreatic insufficiency?”

Lindkvist, B. World Journal of Gastroenterology, published online November 2014.

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome.”

Diabetes Association of the UK: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: “Pancreatic Enzymes.”

Raphael, K. Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology, published online July 2016.

Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center: “Pancreas/Gastrointestinal Tract.”

Olesen, S.S. Gastroenterology, August 2011.

UptoDate: “Etiology and pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis in adultsEtiology and pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis in adults," “Treatment of chronic pancreatitis.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI).”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “What is pancreatic insufficiency?”

Lindkvist, B. World Journal of Gastroenterology, published online November 2014.

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome.”

Diabetes Association of the UK: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: “Pancreatic Enzymes.”

Raphael, K. Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology, published online July 2016.

Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center: “Pancreas/Gastrointestinal Tract.”

Olesen, S.S. Gastroenterology, August 2011.

UptoDate: “Etiology and pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis in adultsEtiology and pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis in adults," “Treatment of chronic pancreatitis.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 18, 2019

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