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5 Ways to Protect Your Pancreas

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Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for pancreatic cancer. (Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
 

By    |   Monday, 16 July 2018 05:14 PM

Your pancreas is an extremely important organ in the body because it produces the hormone insulin and secretes it into the blood stream, keeping your blood sugar in check. So, it is also a crucial player in the war against diabetes.

"In essence, it controls your nutrition," Dr. Gabe Mirkin, a sports medicine specialist tells Newsmax. "It also secretes digestive juices into the small intestine and continues breaking down the food that has left the stomach."

This six-inch spongy organ is tiny but its effect on our bodies is powerful. However, every year in the United States more than 200,000 people develop acute pancreatitis, a serious and painful inflation of the pancreas. If left untreated, experts say, pancreatitis can be life-threatening. So, to prevent this serious illness and allow your pancreas to do its job, there are several steps you can take. In addition, some of the suggestions listed below might also reduce your risk of developing deadly pancreatic cancer.

According to Everyday Health, here are some things you can do to protect this organ:

  1. Limit alcohol consumption. By drinking less or not at all, you can help protect your pancreas from the toxic effects of alcohol. A recent study conducted in Denmark found high alcohol intake is associated with an increased risk of pancreatitis in both men and women.
  2. Eat a low-fat diet. Gallstones, a leading cause of pancreatitis, can develop when we consume too much cholesterol. To reduce your risk of developing gallstones eat whole grains and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid fatty and fried foods as well as full fat dairy. Also stay clear of processed foods and drinks that are high in sugar. According to Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., editor of Dr. David Brownstein's Natural Way to Health newsletter, "the pancreas responds to high blood sugar by excreting a large amount of insulin." Over time, this can lead to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.
  3. Stop smoking. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for pancreatic cancer. In fact, according to HealthiNation, the risk of getting pancreatic cancer is about twice as high among smokers compared to those who never smoked.
  4. Exercise regularly and lose excess weight. People who are overweight are also more likely to develop gallstones, putting them at greater risk for pancreatitis. Lose weight gradually and maintain a healthy weight eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  5. Skip crash diets. Yo-yo dieting and fad diets can wreak havoc with your cholesterol production as your liver ramps up production in response to the weight loss. This again increases your risk of developing gallstones.

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