After an episode of pain from pancreatitis, you should start off with drinking only clear liquids, such as soup broth or gelatin. Your doctor will ask you to follow this diet until your symptoms get better. Slowly add other foods back to your diet when you are better.
Talk with your doctor about:
- Eating a healthy diet that is low in fat -- no more than 30 grams of fat per day
- Eating foods that are high in protein and carbohydrates, but low in fat. Eat smaller meals, and eat more often. Your doctor or nurse will help make sure you are getting enough calories to not lose weight.
- Quitting smoking, if you smoke (or chewing tobacco)
- Losing weight, if you need to
Always talk to your doctor before taking any medicines or herbs.
Do NOT drink any alcohol.
If your body can no longer absorb fats that you eat, your doctor may ask you to take extra capsules, called pancreatic enzymes. These will help your body absorb fats in your food better.
- You will need to take these pills with every meal. Your doctor or nurse will tell you how many.
- When you take these enzymes, you may also need to take another medicine to decrease the acid in your stomach.
If your pancreas has a lot of damage, you may also develop diabetes. Your doctor will check for this problem.