Pancreas and Nutrition: Your Diet for Pancreatitis

by Columbia Surgery on November 14, 2012

This is the second in a three-part Q&A series on nutrition with Kristin Addona, an oncology registered dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

If you would like more information on pancreatitis, call The Pancreas Center office at 212-305-9467. To see a clinician in person, complete our appointment request form and someone will contact you.

Question: What is pancreatitis? Is it a precursor to cancer?

Answer: Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas secretes enzymes that help digest fats, proteins and carbohydrates in food. Normally these enzymes are not activated until they reach the small intestines. If they become activated inside the pancreas, they will begin “digesting” it, which causes damage and inflammation to the pancreas. There are different types of pancreatitis. In both chronic and hereditary pancreatitis, there is an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

Q.: What is first thing you say to new patients with pancreatitis when you see them?

A.: I would explain to them that my goal is to adjust their diet to help their body absorb nutrients better.

Q.: What is most important thing for patients to be aware of in terms of their diet? Why?

A.: Their body may not be able to digest food well, especially fat, since the pancreas is responsible for releasing enzymes to help digest nutrients. With pancreatitis, this organ is not secreting enough enzymes to break down the food normally so malabsorption can occur. This can result in weight loss, indigestion, abdominal pain when eating, and oily stools.

Q.: Can following specific dietary guidelines help relieve symptoms?

A.: Following a low fat diet may help reduce the symptoms associated with chronic pancreatitis, because this will decrease the amount of enzymes needed to digest meals. If significant symptoms are still present after making these diet changes, I would encourage the patient to speak with the doctor because there may be a need for pancreatic enzymes.

Q.: What specifically should they eat? Avoid?

A.: Patients with pancreatitis should avoid high fat foods. This includes fried foods, most desserts, whole milk dairy products, fatty cuts of meats, nuts/seeds, and avocado. Also, they should limit fats like butter, salad dressings, sour cream, and mayonnaise, and foods with added sugar, like desserts and sweetened beverages. Alcoholic beverages should also be avoided.

Patients can include grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats (like fish, skinless poultry, eggs), beans, and low fat dairy products in their diet.

Related Links:
The Pancreas and Nutrition: Your Diet for Good Health
The Pancreas and Nutrition: Your Diet during Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

{ 126 comments… read them below or add one }

Columbia Surgery October 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

Hi Archana,

Thank you for reaching out to us. We are sorry to hear about your husband’s condition, but glad that it sounds like it is now manageable. Unfortunately, without a complete medical exam, we cannot offer medical advice for your husband. If your husband is not already on pancreatic enzymes, you may want to consider seeing a specialist in your area, as in cases like this the patient may benefit from them.

We do have another article about pancreatitis and diet, which you may find useful. Please visit: http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/ We hope this information helps. Best regards.

Sandra October 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

My 33 yr old daughter was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy 6 yrs ago. She is still waiting for a kidney transplant. She has developed chronic pancreatitis 2 yrs ago. This is preventing her transplant with constant vomiting and pain. She has been in the hospital so many times I have lost track. Her lipase levels have been as high as 2500. Potassium levels either drop, or are too high. She has no appetite and weights 84 lbs. When she is at home she smokes marajuana so that she has an appetite and helps with the nausea. When she is in the hospital, they give her marinol. Her ins will not pay for marinol and is very expensive. Can you give us some advice?

Columbia Surgery October 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

Hi Sandra,

I am sorry to hear about your daughter’s struggles. I am forwarding your comment to our experts at the Pancreas Center, who would be best able to answer your question. As soon as I hear a response, I will reply.

I would also like to let you know we have a more current article regarding pancreatitis and diet, “Help take pain out of pancreatitis with your diet” (http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/). Perhaps you and your daughter may find some of this information of use. Best regards.

joyce October 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I have a friend who was fairly recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and she has been suffering chronic/acute pain. The doctors have not given her many months to live which is also distressing, but we hope and pray for her and i would like some kind of help or advice that i can pass on to her, many thanks, time is so precious, it is hard for her to eat anything and very often she is violently sick , it is awful seeing her suffer like this.
Joyce XX

Columbia Surgery October 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi Joyce,

First, I am so sorry to hear about your friend and her struggles. Pancreatic Cancer can be a very challenging disease but I am glad she has such a supportive friend to help her through this difficult time.

If you are in the New York area, I would love to invite you and your friend to our upcoming event, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day which is free and open to the public. It’s a very unique event in which both medical professionals and patients speak throughout the day, so you learn more about treatment options as well as receive personal experience from those who have been there before. You can learn more information at our events page, http://www.columbiasurgery.org/events/event_pancreatic_cancer_awareness_20131109.html. You should also check out our previous blog article, http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/10/04/2013-pancreatic-cancer-awareness-day-event/ which is an interview with a member of our planning committee. She provides great insight as to what to expect at the event as well as general advice about dealing with pancreatic cancer.

In the meantime, I will reach out The Pancreas Center and their experts for additional advice, as they will be the best people to answer your question. I will reply again as soon as I receive a response.

Columbia Surgery October 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

Hi Joyce,

Thank you again for reaching out to us. I have received a response from Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN, Clinical Nutritionist at The Pancreas Center. She replies:

I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. If there are any foods she still enjoys eating, I would let her eat anything she pleases. Is she taking enzymes with her food when she eats? That can help with any pain that may be related to her eating. She should also try eating when her pain is optimized. She may only tolerate small amounts of food and may prefer liquids like blended soups or smoothies. You can add butter and unflavored protein powder to the soup and protein powder to the smoothie (made with whole milk and ice cream) to get the most calories and protein in. I hope your friend finds relief from her pain and is able to find comfort. In the end, being comfortable is most important, so if she isn’t eating but is happy and comfortable, that is okay too.

I hope this information helps, Joyce. Best of luck to you and your friend.

Columbia Surgery October 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hi Sandra,

I have heard from our experts from the Pancreas Center and without a complete patient examination of your daughter, it is a disservice for us to give you medical advice. We hope you understand, and if you are interested in an appointment with the Pancreas Center, patient coordinators Lynette and Priscilla will be more than happy to help coordinate an appointment if you call them at: 212-305-9467. You may find more information at: http://pancreasmd.org.

We do have additional nutrition information you may find useful. We have an article from Pancreas Center Clinical nutritionist, Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN that helps outlines healthy ways to gain weight. You may find it: http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/09/18/healthy-snacking-for-weight-gain/

Recommendations include trying to eat every 2 hours and have high calorie, high protein foods such as nuts, cheese, smoothies with added protein powder or high calorie oral supplements. In addition, inquire with a specialist about enzymes, as it sounds like your daughter may benefit from them. If she is already on them, again speak with a specialist as it may require adjustment to ensure they are being fully optimized. Please note without a full assessment, this is all speculation and you should always consult a specialist.

Sandra, I hope you and your daughter find some of this information helpful. Best of luck.

bharath k October 30, 2013 at 2:21 am

iam suffering from pancreatitis since 2 years i.e.., recurrent pancreatitis.
is there any cure for this to avoid further attack? and any problem with reoccuring pancreatitis iam only 18 years boy i dont drink alcohol and no smoking.please help me

Columbia Surgery October 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

Hi Bharath,

Thank you for reaching out to us. In case you didn’t see it, our clinical nutritionist, Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN, has written another article about diet and pancreatitis, which you can find: http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/ Hopefully this additional information will help you. Best regards.

Subrata October 31, 2013 at 9:35 am

Sir/Madam My daughter age – 11 yrs was Hospitalized on 26th April 2011 and 29th September 2013 because of increasing severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Both time she was diagnosed Acute Pancreatities. Last time her Amylase was 2177 U/L, Lipase- 4860 U/L, Lipid Profile – Normal Bilirubin- 1.65, U.S.G – Focal Pancreatities, Mild Ascities, Her MRCP Impression – Bulky Pancreas C.T. Scan Abdomen- Normal study. She is under PPI and pancreatic enzyme for last 3 wks. SUBRATA
Pls advice her diet, plan of treatment,investigation and life style.
With thanks.

Columbia Surgery October 31, 2013 at 10:16 am

Thank you, Subrata, for reaching out to us.

We wrote an article earlier in the year, “Help take pain out of pancreatitis with your diet” (http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/) that will help provide you the diet advice you seek.

Unfortunately, without a complete patient exam it would be a disservice to you to offer you medical advice. To inquire about an appointment, please call our Pancreas Center at: 212-305-9467. You may find more information http://pancreasmd.org

Parsooramen r November 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Just leave the clinic today,after a severe pancreatitis.The pain was really unbearable .I’ts nearly the third time I got this.This time the pain came at once,while I was driving on the motorway.in my case my pancreatitis is due to high ( very high ) triglycerides in my blood.now I resume to go on a special diet because I don’t want to have that pain again.

Juanita S. November 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

My 11 yr old child had two episodes of acute pancreatitis, last one was about a week ago and she was inpatient for about 5 days. After this episode the local hospital did make a referral for a GI specialist at a hospital about 3 hours away. Her levels of lipase have been 13000 and higher when she has had the episodes and her Amylase were high as well, also my child in the past year was DX with vitamin D deficiency. My question is does your facility offer out of state residents help with trying to determine the cause of the acute pancreatitis. I am concerned that my child may be at risk of pancreatic cancer and the local hospital does not have the tools for pediatric care here.

You suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Columbia Surgery November 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

Hi Juanita,

Thank you for reaching out to us. I am sorry to hear about the health difficulties you and your daughter have been facing. I have forwarded your comment onto The Pancreas Center, as they would be the best people to address it. If you would like to speak to staff directly regarding any questions, you may reach out to them by calling: 212-305-9467.

In the meantime, Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN, a clinical nutritionist here at the Pancreas Center, has written a more recent article regarding pancreatitis and diet. You may view it by visiting the following link: http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/ Hopefully this additional information may provide some help.

I will write back when I have received the Pancreas Center’s response. All the best.

Isha November 17, 2013 at 1:38 am

Can’t a patient who has undergone a treatment for chronic calcific pancreatitis followed by stenting not eat chocolates even after months?

Columbia Surgery November 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

Isha,

Thank you for reaching out to us. I have forwarded your comment onto the Pancreas Center, who would best be able to address this question. As soon as they respond, I will reply.

In addition, Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN, a clinical nutritionist here at the Pancreas Center, has written a more recent article regarding Pancreatitis and diet, which you may find useful. To read this article, please visit http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/

Maya B. November 20, 2013 at 9:18 am

I am Maya age 54 yrs. last year ( July 2012) my gall bladder removed . on 21st Oct 2013 I got pain in my upper abdomen. It was actuate pancreatic and I was 17 days at Hospital. (till 5th Nov 2013). But on 25th night I got sever heart attack I was under ventilation. But Doctor dont get any heart problem. Now I am ok. Taking low fat food. Whether I will be ok .What I should take food & not to take. I am not taking any alcohol.pl advise me what i should do for good health

Columbia Surgery November 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

Hi Maya,

Thank you for reaching out to us. A Clinical Nutritionist here at The Pancreas Center, Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN has written a more recent article about pancreatitis and diet. You may view it: http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/ Hopefully, this additional information will help.

You can find out more information about the center at http://pancreasmd.org or by calling: 212-305-9467.

Columbia Surgery November 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Hi Juanita,

Thank you again for reaching out and I apologize for our delayed response.

The Pancreas Center has the ability to treat out of state patients, and this is a service we have offered to others before. We request those interested in our care outside the New York area to contact our office so we can arrange for their patient records to be reviewed by our team. From there, we will assess if the patient should fly and see us, or if this is something that can be treated locally.

Please call The Pancreas Center at 212-305-9467 and we will work to gather your information and walk you through the next steps.

joyce November 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

Dear friends, i am now awaiting news of my Dear Friend Soniva who is in the very latest stages of Pancreatic Cancer she has endured so much pain recently i would like evryone to know how beautiful she is how loving how kind and how calm and caring although she is and has been going through so much terrible suffering. I dedicate this message to Soniva XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
WHEN THE TIME COMES FOR YOU TO LEAVE US IN THIS WORLD I PRAY YOU GO STRAIGHT TO THE OPEN ARMS OF JESUS XXXXX
LOVE YOU SO MUCH XXXXXXXXXX MY DEAREST FRIEND

Shyamol B. November 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm

My mother aged 54 got an acute pancreatitis attack. She was hospitalized for 3 weeks. Her lipase and amylase levels went too high at the time of admitting. After getting relieved from hospital , one week later her lipase and amylase levels got normal . The main question now arises what diet to follow, to prevent the re-occurrence.

Columbia Surgery December 2, 2013 at 10:26 am

Hi Shyamol,

Thank you for reaching out to us. A Clinical Nutritionist at the Pancreas Center, Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN has written a more current article regarding pancreatitis and diet. You may read it at: http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/ I hope this provides you with more guidance.

You may learn more about the Pancreas Center or request an appointment by visiting http://pancreasmd.org/index.html or calling: 212-305-9467

Danny P. December 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I have pancreatitis i have had it since about 2006. I have it because i used to drink a lot . I just turned 54 last month i also had two procedures done the Celiac Plexus Block that did not work so the doctor went in and drained the cyst i had on the pancreas and removed a bunch of stones he said he had never seen that many stones before. But its been two weeks and when i get up in the mornings i do not feel very good and after i eat at night i don’t feel very good . I try to eat as much low fat as i can but maybe i am not doing enough of the right foods. what would you suggest. I lost 26lbs and i would like to start gaining it back. Thank You Danny P.

Columbia Surgery December 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Danny,

Thank you for reaching out to us. I am sorry to hear about your health issues. If you have not already, please read our more current article written by Pancreas Center’s clinical nutritionist, Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN: http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/ Hopefully this article will help provide you with further guidance.

You can also arrange an appointment with the Pancreas Center. Please call 212-305-9467 and our new patient coordinator will help facilitate your appointment. You may also find more information about the center at: http://pancreasmd.org

Sheri December 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I have Chronic Pancreatitis since 2008.. but besides when I am having an.attack which is usually acute..my stools are normal I am far from malnutrition actually over weight now by 20 or so pounds..with no gallbladder and Elevated liver enzymes my question is do I need to take crown or any pancreatic enzymes if I don’t have oily etc stools ?

Columbia Surgery December 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

Hi Sheri,

Thank you for reaching out to us. I have forwarded your question to the Pancreas Center and received the following response from their Clinical Nutritionist, Deborah Gerszberg:

“I cannot definitively say whether or not you need enzymes as everyone is different. As long as your weight is stable, and you have no signs or symptoms of malabsorption, you should need not need to take pancreatic enzymes. I would recommend discussing this with your doctor.”

If you would like to reach out to The Pancreas Center directly to arrange an appointment, I encourage you to call their new patient coordinator at 212-305-9467. You can find more information about the center at: http://pancreasmd.org

Also – if you haven’t seen it yet, you should also read Deborah Gerszberg’s more recent article about pancreatitis and diet. You can find it: http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/ This may help provide you with further insights. Best regards.

Amit December 22, 2013 at 3:33 am

My brother Age 24 facing Acute pancreatitis . As per doctor little line near Pancreas . How to Make this in normal position. And what diet Chart is recomend for being normal.

Columbia Surgery December 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

Hi Amit,

For more information about pancreatitis and diet, please visit http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/

Your brother may also contact our center for an appointment at 212-305-9467. You may learn more about The Pancreas Center at: http://pancreasmd.org.

Karen K. December 27, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Aftern 5 months of every possible test, I was just given the diagnosis of pancreatitis. My doctors have been so thorough, but as each have said to me, I have a very complicated situation. If there is something wrong with the liver or pancreas ducts, they cannot get to them as easily as a normal patient. I have “altered anatomy” due to Bariatric By-Pass in 2002, lost 185lbs. 4yrs later, my gallbladder was removed. I have gained 50lbs (3 months)rapidly prior to this excrusiating pain beginning. Open surgery is on the horizon to find out what the underlying source is, since pancreatitius, I’m told, is a secondary condition. Is that true? Is there something I can eat to help? Many meds are off the table due to the bariatric bypass. I hope someone can help me…..

Nallenee January 2, 2014 at 4:46 am

Hi,
I’m 21 years old and I don’t have any major problems in pancreas. But doctors have told us that in future I might have problems in pancreas secreting insulin and the pancreas is weak. What diet should I follow to avoid such problems? Please help me out

Columbia Surgery January 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Karen:

Sorry I cannot be of more help through email, but since there are several factors to consider here, I would be difficult and probably not very accurate, to provide you information without some further questions or even an exam. I would suggest calling the Pancreas Center directly at 212-305-0467. I will forward this message to their office so they have this background information.

kathy January 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

I’m confused on pancreaititis I went in for a procedure ECRP, was told their was a 3-5% chance of getting pancreaititis , well I got it, I was also told the systems would go away after 10 days, well it’s been over two months now and still have not been able to return to work. Each day is different, one day I feel really good, the next I’m down for days. How does one go back to work, when you just don’t know. I have been told that their is no recovery, that I will have this the rest of my life. Is there a reason the doctor would tell me different? And I read some things about what to eat is there a list of foods.

Columbia Surgery January 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Nailenee:

It’s difficult to answer that question without a physical exam or consultation. So if you can, I suggest you call our Pancreas Center office at 212-305-9467.

(Sorry that I cannot be more helpful through email.)

Columbia Surgery January 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Kathy:

While it’s difficult to answer specific questions without knowing your personal health history, here is another article on pancreatitis and nutrition that you may find interesting: Help take pain out of pancreatitis with your diet.

You can also call our Pancreas Center at 212-305-9467.

Hopefully, this helps!

Jeff M January 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Hi. My partner was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis about 2 1/2 years ago, and been hospitalized at least 35 times. His doctor has not been able to figure out what the triggers have been. I do understand that it is hard to do. One thing that has been said, is that he needs to eat a low fat diet. My question is, can you get me some type of what he should or shouldn’t eat. Or even refer me to a website with recipes that would be good for him. Thank you for anything that you can do to help.

Columbia Surgery January 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Hi Jeff,

Thank you for reaching out to us. We have a more current article about diet and pancreatitis. Please visit http://www.columbiasurgery.net/2013/04/11/help-take-pain-out-of-pancreatitis-with-your-diet/ Hopefully this article will give you and your partner further guidance.

If you would like to make an appointment with our Pancreas Center, please visit http://pancreasmd.org or call our new patient coordinators at 212-305-9467.

Kandee January 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Hi
, What if you were diagnosed with acute pancreatitis and had no symptoms. I was in the hospital for 4 days and told them I didn’t feel what they thought i should. I was also rushed to the ER with very high blood pressure. I felt symptoms from that. I had a rapid heart beat and a little hard to breathe. Just wondering what you think. Thank you, Kandee

Columbia Surgery January 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

Kandee,

Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we cannot offer the medical advice you seek without a complete medical examination. If you would like to arrange an appointment with one of our Pancreas Center specialist, please contact our New Patient Coordinators at 212-305-9467. You may also visit http://pancreasmd.org for more information about our center. Best regards.

Rajib K. P. January 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Hi,

Currently I am going through multiple Problem
1. 3mm stone in LC of right kidney.
2. Liver Mildly enlarge & fatty changes.
3. Pancreas fatty changes.

>Also going through gas taking RBSON-D before meal by this I have does feel discomfort.
>I was check my cholesterol LIPID test, which was NORMAL.
> As per 3mm stone, DOC said drink much water.
> My height is 5.8 inch & weight is 74kg.
>Stool is normal hard.
> And doc did not give much more advice for liver & pancreas.

So please guide me, what lifestyle to be required to overcome for liver & pancreas (diet, drugs etc) ..Plz help

Best Regards
Rajib

Columbia Surgery January 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

Hi Rajib,

Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer personalized medical advice over the internet. If you would like to arrange an appointment with one of our doctors, you may contact the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at 212.305.4343 or The Pancreas Center at 212-305-9467. Best regards.

Carmen January 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

I was in the hospital for two days with a diagnose of acute pancreatitis. My Lipase level at admission was 6,000.

Is the diet regiment for acute and chronic pancreatitis the same? I was released from the hospital with basically no guidance on what to eat. Is it best to consult with a dietitian?

Thank you,
Carmen

Columbia Surgery January 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

Thank you, Carmen, for your inquiry. We have a more recent article written by our clinical nutritionist at The Pancreas Center that helps to outline the general guidelines for a pancreatitis diet. You may read it at: Help take pain out of pancreatitis with your diet. A diet can be very personalized, however, depending on your needs and preferences, and a registered dietitian can develop a plan suitable for you. If you would like to make an appointment with our center, please reach out to our new patient coordinator at 212-305-9467 or you can visit our Pancreas Center Referral form. Thank you and please let me know if you have any further questions.

Maureen February 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I was diagnosed about a month ago with pancreatitis , but my doctor first blew me off, then I saw his NP, who took it serious, that’s when I found out. I had to follow up with my doctor, and gave me ver little food choices I should eat. They did blood work, which came back my level was 125, after three weeks went down to 80. My doctor said I could start with protein in my diet, I had to pull out of him ideas of what types of food I could eat, got minimal response. In three weeks I lost 15-17 pounds. I had nausea, but no vomiting, but the pain. This week the severe pain came back, and saw a different NP and was given enzymes to take, and had more blood work done. I’m concerned for the lack of information I get about the results of the ultra sound and CTscan from my doctor. His NP told me this week nothing showed up other than pancreatitis, but I was constipated and bloated, and not everything could be seen. I need to know what foods for sure I can eat, and can’t, not make me guess with minimal input.

Columbia Surgery February 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

Hi Maureen,

I am sorry to hear about your frustrations. We do have a more current article outlining the general guidelines for a diet with pancreatitis that may help you. You may view it at: Help take pain out of pancreatitis with your diet

Beyond this, giving individualized advice to you without a complete medical exam would be a disservice. A diet can be very personalized, depending on your needs and preferences, and a registered dietitian can develop a plan suitable for you with an evaluation. If you would like to arrange an appointment with The Pancreas Center, you may call our new patient coordinator at 212-305-9467. If you are not in the area, the following website is a good starting point in researching a registered dietian in your area. http://www.eatright.org/iframe/findrd.aspx.

I hope you find this information helpful. Wishing you all the best.

arif February 20, 2014 at 1:21 am

i was attacked by acute pancreas in july, 2013.
plz advise, can i eat sweat ?
Can i eat boiled egg?
can i eat 7 up, pepsi?
can i eat vegetable which cooked/ fried by oil?

plz advise .

Columbia Surgery February 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

Hi Arif,

I am sorry to hear about your frustrations. We have a more recent article written by our clinical nutritionist at The Pancreas Center that helps to outline the general guidelines for a pancreatitis diet. You may read it at: Help take pain out of pancreatitis with your diet. A diet can be very personalized, however, depending on your needs and preferences, and a registered dietitian can develop a plan suitable for you. If you would like to make an appointment with our center, please reach out to our new patient coordinator at 212-305-9467. Thank you and wishing you good health.

cian February 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

i have been dealing with pancreas problems for fourteen months. there is a lot that happened early on but would take a book to wright it all down. my problems now are my pancreatic duct is collapsed in the middle allowing nothing to pass through. one dr says toilet it die and another is saying we should operate on it. i don’t like the option of the operation because he is going to attach it to the back of the pancreas and he said he has not had good success with this operation I now have a dilated bile duct they have known about all the collapsed duct for around a month and don’t seem like anything is urgent i can’t eat without pains and i get sever bloating it goes down somewhat at night like it is draining slowly. the one dr says we should let it shrivel up because i don’t have diabetes and we can control every thing else with medicine without bad side affects. i just not know what or were to go. I just want answers and the problem fixed and all i seem to get is this might work. what would cause my duct to collapse.

Ardith R. February 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Hi, its 10:10 pm , Sat night Feb 22 2014. I have been up since 6 am with my hubby Ed.. he has had this since he was little and back in the 1950′s you just had a tummy ach behave go to bed.. he is 59 almost 60, Iam 63.. we have been married for 22 years. your information has helped me so much.. I have read and read and read for 22 years on this tummy problem.. You make the most sense..we are in the hospital once every 5 months.. Holidays I do photos on our Holiday in ER and in hospital.. looking into the diet aspect more.. tried to get the Doctors here in Milwaukee to look at the Fical Transplant they won’t do it.. we have a lot of Ed’s family still with us.. somehow I know this would work. but keep reading and praying and trying.. Thank you so much for this sight.. prayers to all Ardith R. Milwaukee Wisconsin..

Columbia Surgery February 24, 2014 at 10:03 am

Ardith and Ed,

We’re sorry to hear about Ed’s struggles but glad you find our articles helpful. We’re always looking for article topics, so if there is something you’d like to learn more about, please let us know and we’ll do our best to arrange an interview with one of our physicians. Wishing you both the best. Thank you for sharing your story.

Columbia Surgery February 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

Cian,

Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately without an examination from our team, we cannot offer you the medical advice you seek. If you would like to see a doctor at The Pancreas Center , I encourage you to call our new patient coordinator at 212-305-9467.

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