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Link between pancreatitis and diabetes

A new study has shown that type 2 diabetics are at an increased risk, of up to 3 times, of developing pancreatitis. I didn’t know a lot about inflammation of the pancreas, but what I have learned tells me it is a very painful condition and one to avoid.

Video: Glucose animation and the pancreas

I thought this glucose animation really explains diabetes and the role the pancreas plays. It was a great help for me and ‘a picture (or animation!) tells a thousand words’.

Symptoms of pancreatitis

Pain centered in the upper middle or upper left part of the belly is the most common symptom of pancreatitis. Some may feel as if the pain radiates through to the back. The pain often starts after eating and can last a few days. People with acute pancreatitis usually feel sick and suffer from nausea and fever.

The pancreas and diabetes study

The researchers used a U.S. nationwide database with almost one million adults whose health information had been tracked for at least 12 months. In the database they found 337,067 patients with type 2 diabetes and about the same number of people without diabetes.

The researchers found the occurrence of pancreatitis was 2.8 times higher in diabetics compared to non diabetics. They also found that younger diabetics who were aged 18 to 30 years, had the highest risk relative of developing pancreatitis.

The research was published in Diabetes Care journal. It is important to note that the research was funded by Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly who produce diabetes drugs.

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