There may be no sure way to prevent pancreatitis, but several of the risk factors involve lifestyle choices that can change. That would include measures like stopping all alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, and eating a low-fat diet. 


Can pancreatitis be prevented?

The answer is maybe, but it’s not something that will work for everyone. People can make lifestyle changes that reduce their risk—for example, limiting themselves to two or less alcoholic drinks each day. Alcohol consumption is a contributing factor to inflammation in the pancreas. 

Also, eating right and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the incidence of gallstones, a condition that leads to pancreatitis. 

What foods are bad for your pancreas?

There are foods to avoid, especially for people who already experience pancreas pain. Patients concerned about their pancreas can limit red meat, for instance, as well as organ meats. Also, someone looking to keep their pancreas healthy will want to keep unhealthy fat to a minimum by avoiding fried foods such as French fries, mayonnaise, full-fat dairy, pastries, and sugary drinks. 

How do I keep my pancreas healthy naturally?

Natural healthy choices like vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy will work to improve pancreas health. Following the Mediterranean diet is a practical choice to pamper the pancreas. 

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