Gallstone pancreatitis (acute pancreatitis) is the result of gallstones passing through the common bile duct and impinging on the main pancreatic duct. The main function of the pancreas is to produce enzymes necessary to digest food. The pancreas is also responsible for making insulin, the hormone needed to keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Pancreatitis caused by gallstones can cause severe pain in the abdomen and lead to serious health problems such as nutritional deficiencies.
Symptoms of gallstone pancreatitis can begin as pain in the upper abdomen. Mild pain may become worse after eating and commonly lasts for several days. Pain from a swollen and tender abdomen may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fever and/or rapid pulse. Gallstone pancreatitis can be a life-threatening disease and immediate evaluation by a physician is necessary if someone with gallstones suddenly develops severe abdominal pain. The best way to prevent gallstones from forming is by protecting your pancreas and choosing to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Eating a low-fat diet of whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables can help prevent gallstone pancreatitis
People who are overweight are more likely to develop gallstones in their lifetime and are at a greater risk for developing gallstone pancreatitis. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and shedding extra pounds can dramatically prevent the formation of gallstones.
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