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can a healthy lifestyle repair the pancreas?

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can the pancreas be repaired by a healthy lifestyle?
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replied May 5th, 2014
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Depending on what kind of damage we are talking about.If it is simple pancreatitis then yes losing weight and opting for healthy lifestyle can help avoid recurrences of pancreatitis.Following five things have been shown to help avoid pancreatic cancers too and pancreatic infections.
1)Smoking avoidance
2 alcoohol use avoidance
3) diet,
4)body mass index ([BMI] calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared), and
5)physical activity .
The above mentioned facts are on the basis of the study cohort consisted of 450,416 participants enrolled in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study, who were aged 50 to 71 years, who completed the baseline food frequency questionnaire from 1995 to 1996 regarding diet and lifestyle information, and who were followed up through December 31, 2003. During follow-up, 1057 eligible incident pancreatic cancer cases were identified.

For each participant, 5 modifiable lifestyle factors were scored as unhealthy (0 points) or healthy (1 point), based on current epidemiologic evidence. One point was awarded for each of the following: nonsmoking, limited alcohol use, adherence to the Mediterranean dietary pattern, body mass index ( 18 and < 25 kg/m2), and regular physical activity. The combined score (0 - 5 points) was determined by adding the scores for each of the 5 factors. Relative risk for pancreatic cancer was estimated with Cox proportional hazards regression models.

The highest combined score (5 points) vs the lowest score (0 points) was associated with a 58% reduction in the risk for the development of pancreatic cancer in all participants (relative risk, 0.42; 95% confidence interval, 0.26 - 0.66; P for trend < .001). In this study cohort, scores of less than 5 points were associated with 27% of pancreatic cancer cases.

"Findings from this large study suggest that having a high score, as opposed to a low score, on an index combining 5 modifiable lifestyle factors substantially reduces the risk of developing pancreatic cancer," the study authors write. "The combined healthy lifestyle factors including nonsmoking, adherence to US alcohol use recommendation, healthy dietary quality as defined by adherence to the Mediterranean diet pattern excluding alcohol consumption, normal weight, and regular physical activity may have direct implications for pancreatic cancer prevention in older individuals in the United States."
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