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Suffering From Acute Pancreatitis? Here Are Some Best And Worst Foods You Should Know

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Pancreatitis is a chronic condition when your pancreas become swollen or inflamed. This condition is called pancreatitis. In cases of acute pancreatitis, pancreas inflammation is often triggered by gallstones. Your pancreas helps you to regulate the way that your body processes sugar. Pancreas also play a key role in releasing enzymes and helping you digest your food. Pancreas are closely related to your digestive process, hence it becomes important as to what you choose to eat.There are certain foods you can eat to protect and which can even help you to heal your pancreas. If you are recovering from acute or chronic pancreatitis you should avoid drinking alcohol, quit smoking and focus on eating a low-fat diet that would not inflame your pancreas. Also you should always stay hydrated.
Here are some diet tips to follow if you have pancreatitis:
1. Low- fat diet:
If you are suffering from chronic pancreatitis then avoid fatty foods like canned fish, creamy soups, pasta, chocolates, buttered foods, salmon and fatty fish. Instead you should chose foods like whole grains, yogurt, low-fat milk.
2. Fruits and vegetables:
Fresh and seasonal fruits and dark, green leafy vegetables are a must in your diet when you have pancreatitis. It is better to have them either steamed or in soups. Also avoid vegetables that are prepared with a heavy cheese,oil or sauce.
3. Proteins:
High-fat or processed meats, pork, beef, sausages, chicken, nuts and seeds are not recommended if you are suffering from pancreatitis. Instead get protein from lean meats, oats, milk, yogurt, beans and eggs. You can also go for healthier cooking options like bake, grill or steam to avoid adding on to the fat while cooking.
4. Light meals:
The important thing to remember while healing your pancreas is eating light meals. Instead of eating three heavy meals go for four to five light meals. Also chose foods that are easy to digest and chew your food properly.
Foods you should avoid if you have pancreatitis:
1. Breads:
In case of pancreatitis, avoid breads or grains with a high fat content as they may be difficult for your body to digest. Instead, select whole-grain foods such as brown rice, brown bread, pasta, hot cereals.
2. Alcohol:
Alcoholic beverages are a complete no when you have pancreatitis. It may worsen your symptoms . Avoid any type of beer, wine or liquor. Instead you can replace with milk, yogurt, fresh juices, lime water, herbal tea, coffee to keep yourself hydrated.
3. Sugary stuff:
Avoid sweets and desserts from your diet. Foods like cookies, cakes, pie, donuts, brownies and ice cream have a lot of added fat. They are made up of whole milk, oil, heavy whipping cream or large amounts of butter which may be harmful for your health.
4. Refined carbohydrates:
Refined carbohydrates can lead to the pancreas releasing larger amounts of insulin. Foods that are high in sugar can also raise triglycerides. High triglyceride levels are associated with acute pancreatitis. Therefore, you should avoid foods like sodas, breakfast cereal, processed or frozen foods.


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Balanced protein intake better for health

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Researchers suggest that excessive consumption of protein for building muscle mass could have a negative impact on the body. However, wide-range of protein is best to maintain balance. Amino acids have long been touted by the fitness and bodybuilding communities for their muscle building benefits. From ultra-bulk protein powders to lean mass-promoting snack bars, there’s no shortage of products available for those seeking a muscle boost.

However, protein’s popularity has also meant that less attention has been paid to researching its potentially negative side-effects.

According to the study published in the Journal of Nature Metabolism, excessive consumption of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) may reduce lifespan, negatively impact mood and lead to weight gain.

 

BCAAs stands for branched-chain amino acids. It’s a group of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine, and are most commonly found in red meat and dairy.

BCAAs great for adding muscle mass, but science says you could pay for it later.

Researchers have investigated the complex role nutrition plays in mediating various aspects of metabolic health, reproduction, appetite and ageing.

“While diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates were shown to be beneficial for reproductive function, they had detrimental effects for health in mid-late life, and also led to a shortened lifespan,” one of the researchers, Dr Samantha Solon explained.

“What this new research has shown is that amino acid balance is important. It’s best to vary sources of protein to ensure you’re getting the best amino acid balance.”

The current research examined the impacts that dietary BCAAs and other essential amino acids such as tryptophan had on the health and body composition of mice.

“Supplementation of BCAAs resulted in high levels of BCAAs in the blood which competed with tryptophan for transport into the brain,” explained one of the researchers, Professor Stephen Simpson.

“Tryptophan is the sole precursor for the hormone serotonin, which is often called the ‘happiness chemical’ for its mood-enhancing effects and its role in promoting sleep. But serotonin does more than this, and therein lay the problem,” he added.

Dietitian and public health nutritionist Dr Rosilene Ribeiro recommend eating a wide range of proteins.

It’s important to vary protein sources in order to get a variety of essential amino acids, through a healthy and balanced diet rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals.

BCAAs are essential amino acids present in protein-containing foods, with red meat and dairy being the richest sources. Chicken, fish and eggs are also nutritious sources of BCAAs.

Vegetarians can find BCAAs in beans, lentils, nuts and soy proteins.

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Know the severity of falling sick in the morning

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While sickness comes irrespective of the time, the severity of afflictions ranging from allergies to heart attacks differs in the morning from that in the night highlighted a new study. The study was published in the Journal Trends in Immunology which compiled studies, predominantly in mice, that looked at the connection between circadian rhythms and immune responses.

The body reacts to cues such as light and hormones to anticipate recurring rhythms of sleep, metabolism, and other physiological processes. The numbers of white blood cells, in both humans and mice also oscillate in a circadian manner.

Taking into account the above-mentioned facts, researchers in the study found that:

 

Heart attacks in humans are known to strike most commonly in the morning, and research suggests that morning heart attacks tend to be more severe than at night.

In mice, the numbers of monocytes, a type of white blood cell that fights off bacteria, viruses, and fungi –are elevated in the blood during the day. At night, monocytes are elevated in infarcted heart tissue, resulting in decreased cardiac protection at that time of day relative to morning.

Parasite infections are time-of-day dependent. Mice infected with the gastrointestinal parasite Trichuris muris in the morning have been able to kill worms significantly faster than those infected in the evening.

Allergic symptoms follow a time-of-day dependent rhythmicity, generally worse between midnight and early morning. Hence, the molecular clock can physiologically drive innate immune cell recruitment and the outcomes of asthma in humans, or airway inflammation in mice, the review notes.

“Investigating circadian rhythms in innate and adaptive immunity is a great tool to generally understand the physiological interplay and time-dependent succession of events in generating immune responses,” said senior author Christoph Scheiermann, University of Geneva.

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ICMR develops affordable quick test kits for diagnosing genetic bleeding disorders

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has developed a cost-effective and rapid point-of-care test kit for diagnosing genetic bleeding disorders such as haemophilia A and Von Willebrand disease (VWD).

Diagnostics which are currently available require special equipment and are expensive.

“Both Haemophilia A and VWD are under diagnosed disorders in our country. There are only handful of comprehensive diagnostic centres for bleeding disorders,” an official at ICMR said.

 

“Lack of awareness and diagnostic facilities, high cost of tests are some of the factors for under-diagnosis of bleeding disorders in our country,” he said.

According to the ICMR, the kit is the world’s first point-of-care test for specific diagnosis of any common bleeding disorder and costs less than Rs 50 in comparison to existing conventional test that cost around Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000.

The newly developed kit would help in diagnosis within 30 minutes of blood sample collection. Also, this will be available at any level of health care system including primary health care centres (PHCs) since it does not require any special expertise or infrastructure.

Worldwide, incidence of Haemophilia A is 1 per 10,000 male births and that of VWD is around 1 per cent of the general population.

“In India, there is no epidemiological data. We may have roughly 80,000-1,00,000 severe Haemophilia cases in our country, but the total number registered with Haemophilia Federation India (HFI) is only around 19,000,” the official said.

Patients with severe Haemophilia A or VWD can have life threatening spontaneous or post-traumatic bleeding like brain haemorrhage and gastrointestinal bleeding. In emergency medical setting, it is important to have a quick diagnosis of bleeding disorders for treatment.

This rapid test kit can be used for the diagnosis of menorrhagia cases/ post-partum haemorrhage (PPH), gynecological complications among others.

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