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How important is a balanced diet in managing exocrine pancreatic insufficiency?

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The right diet is very important for managing EPI. A dietitian can help you choose the foods that keep your energy level up and give you the nutrition you need. Here are a few tips:

Eat six small meals per day.

Don't drink. Alcohol can make it even harder for your body to absorb fat, and can damage your pancreas over time.

You may need to take vitamins A, D, E, and K to replace ones that don't get absorbed from your diet.

From: Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Toouli J. , October 2010. The Medical Journal of Australia

Genetics Home Reference: "Cystic Fibrosis."

FDA: "Updated Questions and Answers for Healthcare Professionals and the Public: Use an Approved Pancreatic Enzyme Product (PEP)

MUSC Health: "Pancreatic Insufficiency," "Procedures: Endoscopic Ultrasound."

Löhr, J. , 2013. United European Gastroenterology Journal

Medscape Reference: "Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency."

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Foundation: "Pancreatic Functions"

Medical Journal of Australia: "Management of pancreatic insufficiency: Australasian Pancreatic Club recommendations."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Toouli J. , October 2010. The Medical Journal of Australia

Genetics Home Reference: "Cystic Fibrosis."

FDA: "Updated Questions and Answers for Healthcare Professionals and the Public: Use an Approved Pancreatic Enzyme Product (PEP)

MUSC Health: "Pancreatic Insufficiency," "Procedures: Endoscopic Ultrasound."

Löhr, J. , 2013. United European Gastroenterology Journal

Medscape Reference: "Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency."

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Foundation: "Pancreatic Functions"

Medical Journal of Australia: "Management of pancreatic insufficiency: Australasian Pancreatic Club recommendations."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 12, 2017

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