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5 Diet Keys For Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Gas, bloating, and stomach pain are among the common complaints of people with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, a breakdown in pancreatic function resulting in a lack of the digestive enzymes needed to properly digest food. As with many other digestive problems, your diet can either help or hurt you. Although there’s no one-size-fits-all diet for pancreatic insufficiency — you may need to make up for specific vitamin deficiencies, for instance — there are basic diet tips that can help ease the discomfort. Keys to a Pancreatic Insufficiency Diet Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and author of Doctor’s Detox Diet: The Ultimate Weight Loss Prescription,says that a diet tailored to your specific needs is the best way to manage symptoms and ensure you’re getting proper nutrition. As a result, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the best pancreatic insufficiency diet for you. Diet recommendations may be different depending on what’s causing your condition or if you’re severely malnourished. But generally, these five strategies can help ease the symptoms and pain of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in most peop Continue reading >>

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  1. Chicagoman

    Must you take Metformin WITH your food, or within a couple of hours?

    I am taking Metformin Hcl ER Tabs 500mg. The label says to take two tablets daily with dinner.
    I am wondering, to lower my numbers, must I take the Metformin with my food? I ask, because I usually take it with my vitamins in the morning, and I may eat breakfast a half hour before or after that. Then in the evening I may take my Metformin about a hour after finishing dinner. So, am I diminishing the effect? I take one in the morning and one in the evening thinking that if I spread it out, it will be more effective? Or should I do as the label says and take them both at dinner? Also, I tend to have a wine or two at dinner and I know it is suggested against having alcohol, so that's another reason I switched one tablet to the morning.
    Thanks for your advice,

  2. likestohike

    Re: Must you take Metformin WITH your food, or within a couple of hours?

    I take mine at 6:24PM everyday, usually before dinner. Doesn't seem to make much of a difference to my body whether I take it before, during or after I eat.
    I figure dinner will be the biggest meal I eat all day so I set that daily alarm to remind me to take it. Seems to work well, but I know some people need to take it after they eat because they get an upset stomach from the Metformin.

  3. Goodgirl08

    Re: Must you take Metformin WITH your food, or within a couple of hours?

    Hi Chicagoman, your doctor wants you to take your Metformin with dinner to lower your fasting number. It only works if you stick to your carb count.

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