The best diet for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)
High fat, high protein, high calorie, hooray!-
Aminu Mohammed is a pediatric gastroenterologist at GI Care for Kids, where he leads the efforts on pancreatic disorders.
The best diet for people with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) is a high fat, high protein, high calorie diet. People with EPI need extra fat because fat in the diet isn't well absorbed. It is also important that every meal and snack is taken with appropriate doses of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT).
A diet rich in nutrients is important for people with EPI. Additional vitamins A, D, E and K and mineral supplements are required to maintain proper levels of important minerals and fat-soluble vitamins. Why? Because you may not absorb these nutrients completely and these nutrients are essential for growth and development.
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