Understanding Chronic Pancreatitis and Nutrition
Chronic pancreatitis is a long-term, inflammatory disease that causes progressive replacement of normal pancreatic tissue into scar tissue. Its causes are numerous, and as disease progresses the pancreas becomes inflamed and damaged. There is loss of ability to produce enzymes needed for normal digestive processes which cause maldigestion, malabsorption and malnutrition. Persons with chronic pancreatitis should have a nutritional assessment and follow-up by a registered dietitian. A dietitian will assess your nutritional status and recommend a good nutrition plan as well as monitor your progress to see how well your nutrition plan and changes are helping your body. A good diet, good hydration, the right nutritional supplements and when necessary, pancreatic enzymes treatments are important in managing your nutrition in chronic pancreatitis.