You cannot completely prevent pancreatitis caused by Reference gallstones Opens New Window. But you may be able to reduce your risk of forming gallstones by staying at a healthy weight with a balanced diet and regular exercise. For more information, see the topic Reference Gallstones.
You can reduce your chance of having pancreatitis by not drinking alcohol excessively. The amount of alcohol needed to cause pancreatitis varies from one person to another. Generally, moderate consumption is considered no more than 2 Reference alcoholic beverages Opens New Window a day for men and 1 a day for women and older people.
Smoking may increase your chance of having pancreatitis. If you smoke, it's a good idea to quit.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology