How living conditions affect the outcomes of chronic pancreatitis?

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This is a condition where there is inflammation of the pancreas over a long period of time, which can alter how it functions and alter its structure. Pain, damage and the inability to function in digestive system activities, are all possible outcomes. Diabetes may also be a result, as the pancreas produces insulin, as well as digestive enzymes in the body. Weight loss can also be a problem. Living conditions can have an effect on this illness. If someone drinks alcohol, this can negatively affect chronic pancreatitis, as does cigarette smoking which is a high risk factor for this disease. Diet can also influence this condition. Although some people develop chronic pancreatitis due to hereditary factors, or other diseases like cystic fibrosis, the way someone lives can affect the levels of pain experienced and how well the treatment works. Eating meals with a large amount of fat and protein will add to the disease symptoms, so following a restrictive diet may help.

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