Thank you for writing.
For the benefit of our readers, the pancreas, a six-inch long organ below the stomach, makes juices and hormones that aid in digestion and balance the body’s sugar content. Pancreatic juices are called enzymes and include insulin, which controls the amount of sugar in the blood.
Chronic pancreatitis occurs when the organ’s digestive enzymes attack and destroy the pancreas and nearby tissues, resulting in scarring and pain.
Chronic pancreatitis results from prolonged injury to the pancreas, usually caused by prolonged alcohol abuse. Other causes include:
Pseudocysts (accumulation of fluids and debris)
Congenital conditions (eg, pancreas divisum)
Hypercalcemia (high blood levels of calcium)
Hyperlipidemia or hypertriglyceridemia (high levels of blood fats)
Factors that may increase your risk of chronic pancreatitis include:
Age: late teens to mid-twenties (for alcohol-induced)
Age: over 50 (for cases of no known cause)
Heavy alcohol consumption
Family history of hyperparathyroidism associated with chronic pancreatitis
Anon, talk to your doctor about what the non-alcoholic causes may be for you.