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Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency (PEI) is a condition characterized by deficiency of the exocrine pancreatic enzymes, resulting in the inability to digest food properly, or maldigestion.(10)

PEI is associated with certain diseases and conditions that affect the pancreas. Some of these diseases occur at birth, like cystic fibrosis, while others may occur later in life, as is the case with chronic pancreatitis.(10)

PEI may be associated with chronic pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis. If you have one of these conditions and symptoms of PEI, we recommend that you talk to your doctor.(10)

 

LIVING WITH PEI10

 

GETTING NUTRITION FROM FOOD

The food you eat contains 3 main nutrients—fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Your body uses these nutrients to help give you energy to function.

FAT is found in foods like nuts and cheese.

PROTEIN comes from foods like meat, poultry and fish.

CARBOHYDRATES can be found in bread and pasta. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugars.

If you have PEI, your pancreas cannot properly break down foods, resulting in poor digestion of nutrients—especially fats. Eating healthy is important for all of us. But it’s especially important that people with PEI eat a nutrient-rich diet—along with taking pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy with every meal and snack—since PEI interferes with nutrient absorption.

If you have been diagnosed with PEI, you should work with your doctor or nutritionist to make sure that all your dietary needs are being met.

 

PANCREATIC ENZYME REPLACEMENT THERAPIES

Your doctor may start you on a prescription treatment called pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, or PERT. PERTs are the main treatment for PEI—they replace the digestive enzymes that your pancreas isn’t producing anymore. When taken with food, PERTs help break down the nutrients in food.


VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS

If you have pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI), your body may not absorb the nutrients from the food you eat. Your doctor may prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements to help you maintain proper levels of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.


EATING HEALTHY WITH PEI AND CYSTIC FIBROSIS (CF)

A high-calorie diet with adequate amounts of fat is especially important to help patients with CF grow, develop, and thrive. People living with CF should work with their dietitian or nutritionist to make sure their proper nutrition needs are met.

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  2. Irritable Bowel Information & Support Association of Australia: Welcome. Available at: www.ibis-australia.org/index.htm.
  3. A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NIH). Medline plus. Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  4. Gastroenterological society of Australia: Irritable Bowel Syndrome 2nd Edition 2003. Available at: http://membes.gesa.org.au/membes/files/Clinical Guidelines and Updates/IBS_2nd_Edition.pdf. 
  5. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH): Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Available at:digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/. 

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