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Pancreatitis and Diabetes

Chronic pancreatitis can cause the development of diabetes.
Chronic pancreatitis is a swelling of the pancreas that lasts for an exceptionally long time. This makes it differ from acute pancreatitis, which is a short term inflammation that usually disappears within a week.


Can Pancreatitis lead to Diabetes?

Both type of pancreatitis are severe medical conditions, but chronic pancreatitis can lead to diabetes, as the pancreas gets damaged and inhibited due to the inflammation.

7 in 10 cases of chronic pancreatitis are apparently related to alcohol abuse, and there have been links to smoking discovered. In order to reduce your chances of developing pancreatitis, and thus consequential diabetes, you can reduce your alcohol and smoking habits.

Gallstones can also cause pancreatitis, and so a healthy diet will help to prevent this. It will also help with general health and preventing obesity, which also leads to Type 2 diabetes.


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