Pancreatitis Los Angeles: Alcoholism and pancreatitis
Posted Aug 10 2010 2:56am
Most people believe eating healthy foods is important to keep a healthy weight and size, but fact is eating healthy foods is important for over all health. Eating well can improve ones over all stomach health. Many things in the stomach can go wrong if a person engages in destructive behavior such as drinking. Alcohol abuse can lead to diseases that may have a person fighting for their life. Pancreatitis Los Angeles doctors say is the swelling of the pancreas and although it does not sound serious, a hindered pancreases is life threatening. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the first part of the small intestine. The pancreas releases digestive fluids, or enzymes into the duodenum through a tube called the pancreatic duct. Pancreatic enzyme join with bile- a liquid produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder to digest food. Another critical function of the pancreas is to secrete insulin and glucagons in to the bloodstream. These hormones the pancreas release helps the body regulate the glucose it takes from food for energy.
Normally, digestive enzymes released by the pancreas do not become active till they reach the small intestine, but when the pancreas is swollen the enzymes inside it attack and damage the tissue that produce them. Pancreatitis can be acute or chronic, but either form is very serious can chance a persons quality of life. Both forms can lead to complications infections, bleeding and permanent tissue damage. In many places around the world including Los Angeles pancreatitis is proven to occur more often in men than in women. Studies have shown that pancreatitis may be genetic but alcoholism may is highly associated with pancreatitis and cancer. If one is interested in Cancer prevention Los Angeles doctors suggest that one keeps their drinking to minimum in order not to damage the stomach or liver.
Illnesses like pancreatitis and cancer may cause complications that may lead to surgery. Aside from the risk that these illness cause surgery poses several other risks as well. The risk of anesthesia is infection, blood clots, and damage to the throat area. Other risks are from having surgery in ones abdominal area which may lead to rare complications. After surgery one may still be at risk of abdominal adhesions. Abdominal adhesions are badns that form between tissues and organs. Normally internals tissues and organs have slippery like soap surfaces, and this allows them to shift with ease as the body moves. Adhesions cause tissues and organs to stick together. Some adhesions cause no symptoms or problems, but others may cause chronic abdominal or pelvic pain. adhesions are major cause of intestinal obstruction and female infertility.