Vegetable rich diet cuts your risk of pancreatitis

Vegetable rich diet cuts your risk of pancreatitis

What happens if you get unwell and your pancreas falls over?  What if it gets clogged, sick and stops working?  Then it stops making insulin.  What happens then?  You get diabetes.  What is the fastest way to wreck your pancreas?  Eating a constipating diet that is low in vegetables.    

Yet another study confirming how crucial vegetables are to your health
Viktor Oskarsson, MD, of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues, showed in their cohort study that patients consuming the highest number of vegetable servings had a significantly lower risk of developing non-gallstone-related acute pancreatitis.  There was a direct and significant dose response association between vegetable consumption and the incidence of non-gallstone-related acute pancreatitis. 

The research also confirmed that the protective effect was more pronounced in patients who drank more than one alcoholic drink daily and in overweight patients. 

The bottom line?  Eat a plant-based wholefood diet that is rich in vegetables.

Study details
Study by Oskarsson V, et al “Vegetables, fruit, and risk of non-gallstone-related acute pancreatitis: a population-based prospective cohort study” as published in Gut 2012; DOI: 10.1136/gutjnl-2012-302521.  The population-based prospective cohort study followed 80,019 Swedish citizens for a mean 11.1 years to measure possible effects and benefits of antioxidant-rich foods on risk of acute pancreatitis.  The study was funded by the Swedish Research Council/Committee for Infrastructure, the Swedish Cancer Foundation, the Board of Research at Karolinska Institutet, the Board of Postgraduate Education at Karolinska Institutet, and the Olle Engkvist Byggmästare.  As reported by MedPage Today on June 28, 2012.

Posted: Saturday 30 June 2012

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