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Should You Be Worried About Your Pancreas?

By Sara Butler

Your pancreas is essential to your survival and good health. It produces essential hormones and enzymes your body needs to function at its very best. But when something goes wrong with your pancreas, it's not an organ that lets you know in a flashy, shouty way. No, the pancreas is a quiet organ that you must really pay attention to if you want to catch any warning signs that something just isn't working right or that pancreatic cancer is beginning to grow. Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for.

Warning Sign No. 1: You Are Nauseous After Eating

If you feel nauseous or you vomit after eating, especially if fatty foods are involved, then it's something you need to pay attention too. If something is growing around your pancreas, such as a tumor or cyst, it can put pressure on the digestive tract and cause problems. Plus, the digestive enzymes your pancreas produces help to break down fat, so if you're having problems digesting fat, then your pancreas may not be working as it should.

Of course, there are many reasons your stomach can be upset, so don't jump to conclusions. But if it continues, then you should talk to a healthcare professional about it.

Warning Sign No. 2: You Lose Weight Unexpectedly

Sure, you might be adhering to a diet that is healthy and dropping a few pounds as a result, but any time you lose weight rapidly, then it can be due to problems with your digestive system. Weight loss can be attributed to incomplete digestion of the food you eat and unintended weight loss is a serious sign of something bad, such as cancer.

Problems with your thyroid can also cause you to drop weight suddenly, but unexpected weight loss needs to be explained, so talk to a healthcare professional about it.

Warning Sign No. 3: Abdominal Pain

Pain in your stomach is a big sign of potential problems, especially serious diseases such as inflammation of the pancreas or pancreatic cancer. If you have radiating pain that moves toward your lower or mid back, then that could mean cancer. But if the pain comes on very suddenly, is mostly in the middle of your belly, and is very intense, then that could mean you have acute pancreatitis, which isn't much fun either.

A lot of problems can cause stomach pain, but whenever pain persists, it needs to be checked out. See a medical professional as soon as you can to help determine what the problem is.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bossier City, La.

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