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Pancreatic Enzyme Insufficiency

PancreaticInsufficiencyJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The pancreas is a relatively small abdominal organ that plays major roles in both digestion and blood sugar regulation. It has two primary functions—to make and release a host of enzymes critical to proper digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and to produce insulin and glucagon, hormones important to blood sugar balance. Pancreatic enzymes reduce digestible macronutrients into absorbable forms needed for bodily function and cellular energy. Proper nutrient absorption is critical to good overall health and quality of life. When the pancreas fails to produce or deliver the enzymes responsible for nutrient breakdown, the body is hindered from converting dietary nutrients into usable forms, often resulting in weight loss, chronic digestive issues and symptoms associated with malnutrition.

Low pancreatic enzyme production is frequently caused by pancreatic inflammation or pancreatitis. Heavy ongoing alcohol use, smoking and high fat diets are common causes of chronic pancreatitis. Untreated acute pancreatitis can become chronic over time, increasing the chances of developing insufficiency. Enzyme deficiency can also be a result of diabetes or gastric surgery, as well as genetic and inflammatory conditions such as celiac disease, ulcerative colitis and cystic fibrosis. Most symptoms of pancreatic enzyme shortage overlap with digestive complaints such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain and intestinal upset.

Significant nutritional problems are tied to fat and protein malabsorption. Malnourishment can lead to symptoms like muscle weakness and low body weight. Deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E and K are common, and may result in vision problems, muscle spasms and osteoporosis. In addition to enzyme supplementation, treatment often requires a combination of a balanced low-fiber, healthy fat diet to encourage healthy digestion, and avoidance of smoking and heavy alcohol consumption to lessen the chances of developing chronic pancreatitis.

Nutritional supplements are often recommended to address deficiencies and prevent serious complications arising from malnutrition. Medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, found naturally in coconut oil, palm kernel oil and butter, is a calorie-rich type of fat that bypasses usual fat absorption pathways to be rapidly absorbed by the body. Supplementing with MCT oil and vitamins may help control weight loss, increase strength, support physical activity and improve quality of life in those with deficiencies. Supplementing with pancreatic digestive enzymes can help improve digestive function and aid absorption of much needed nutrients. Supplementation of pancreatic enzymes should be undertaken with the guidance of a healthcare practitioner.

  • Lipase works with bile from the liver to break down fat molecules, so they can be absorbed and utilized by the body. A shortage of this enzyme can result in a lack of necessary fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Protease breaks down proteins and helps keep the intestines free of harmful substances. Incomplete digestion of proteins can lead to allergies, increased risk of intestinal infections and the formation of toxic substances.
  • Amylase breaks down carbohydrates into sugars that are easily absorbed by the body. Undigested starches in the colon often result in uncomfortable intestinal issues.

Professional Supplement Center offers many high quality products for overall health and wellness support:

Pancreatin 8X PlusPancreatin 8X Plus by Professional Complementary Health Formulas: This specialty nutritional aid supplies high potency pancreatic enzymes in support of optimal digestive function and overall wellness. pH sensitive encapsulated formula for enhanced assimilation and rapid metabolism.

Super Pancreatic...Super Pancreatic Enzymes by Verified Quality: This physician formulated product supplies highly concentrated pancreatic enzymes in support of healthy digestion and optimal absorption of nutrients. Free of gluten, soy, lactose, sugar, binders, coatings and fillers.


Pancreatic...Pancreatic VegEnzymes by Pure Encapsulations®: This formulation provides a broad acting plant-sourced enzyme blend designed to enhance the breakdown of foods and nutrients and promote complete digestion. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

M.C.T. LiquidM.C.T. Liquid by Douglas Laboratories®: This product supplies 100% structured lipids in the form of medium chain triglycerides. MCT’s are absorbed intact and are quickly delivered to the liver where they are used directly for energy production. MCT oil may be a useful aid for individuals  with fat-malabsorption and enzymatic insufficiency issues. Free of gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, dairy, sugar and artificial ingredients. Vegan formulation.

Vitamin D ComplexVitamin D Complex by Designs for Health®: Each serving of this professional formula provides 2,000 IUs of bioavailable vitamin D, as well as effective amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, K1 and K2 in support of vitamin sufficiency and optimal bodily function. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.


What Causes Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency? https://www.healthline.com/health/exocrine-pancreatic-insufficiency/causes#1
The Pancreas and its Functions. http://columbiasurgery.org/pancreas/pancreas-and-its-functions
Pancreas: Function, Location & Diseases. https://www.livescience.com/44662-pancreas.html
Why Are Enzymes Important? https://www.healthline.com/health/why-are-enzymes-important
Should I Take Pancreatic Supplements? https://www.healthline.com/health/pancreatic-supplements
Pancreatic enzymes. https://www.pancan.org/facing-pancreatic-cancer/living-with-pancreatic-cancer/diet-and-nutrition/pancreatic-enzymes/

Can Alzheimer’s Be Prevented?

AlzheimersPreventedJacquie Eubanks RN BSNPresently, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) tops five million. Unless an effective treatment is developed that number is expected to increase exponentially as the population ages. Increasing age is still the primary risk factor, and according to statistics, by the age of 82, the prevalence rises to 42 percent. Signs of late-onset AD often appear in a person’s mid-60’s, although researchers believe that damage to brain heath begins years earlier. AD is characterized by the accumulation of two types of protein in the brain, known as tangles, or tau, and amyloid-beta plaques. As well, there is also a loss of connections between brain nerve cells, known as neurons, that transmit messages within the brain, and from the brain to muscles and organs.

With AD, once healthy neurons stop functioning, brains cells begin to die off, and eventually the brain shrinks in size. While tangles and plaques are closely associated with AD, family history, genetics, inflammation, and vascular disease, as well as environmental and lifestyle factors may contribute. As with other chronic debilitating diseases, lifestyle habits are seen to play a major role in both contribution and prevention. Are there healthy lifestyle habits you can adopt to stave off or ameliorate Alzheimer’s Disease? Although science has yet to discover the cause or cure for AD, the National Institutes of Health suggests that modifiable risk factors may help protect cognition and mental activity.

Modifiable risk factors that appear to protect against AD are many and varied. These include mental activity to increase cognitive reserve, lifelong learning, physical activity, social engagement, wellness activities, healthy sleep, nutritious diet, omega-3 intake, mindfulness, optimism, and purpose in life. Risk factor prevention should target diabetes, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome; as well as high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and coronary heart and renal disease. Additional factors include systemic inflammation, sleep-disordered breathing, traumatic brain injury, and alcohol or tobacco use.

Sleep – Since many of us don’t prioritize sleep, most of us are just not getting enough of it. The perfect amount of sleep varies with age and by individual. However, seven to eight hours of sleep nightly appears to be sufficient to wake refreshed and energetic. Insufficient sleep is linked to chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression and cognitive decline. A recent study by Washington University researchers showed an association between disrupted sleep and higher levels of two AD associated proteins. Researchers found that just one night of disturbed sleep led to a 10 percent increase in amyloid beta. A full week of insufficient sleep showed an increase in the tau protein. While no one can confirm that regular quality sleep reduces AD risks, it does appear that those who are chronically sleep deprived may have increased levels of proteins associated with AD. The good news is that the negative effects of an occasional night of restless sleep may be reversed with good sleep habits.

Exercise – Convincing evidence shows that 30 minutes of moderately vigorous exercise three to four days each week may help prevent AD, or slow the progression in people who have symptoms. According to a recent UW-Madison study, those at a high genetic risk of AD who perform moderate-intensity activity, such as a brisk walk or run, are more likely to have healthy patterns of brain glucose metabolism. Dependent upon the type of exercise and its intensity, physical activity may lower AD risk by up to 65 percent by addressing underlying mechanisms, such as improved pulmonary function, increased cell survival and a proper inflammatory response.

Diet – While the Mediterranean diet and the MIND diet are often recommended for overall good health, a low carb, high fat, no sugar, no starch ketogenic diet has been shown to be of benefit in neurodegenerative disorders. A ketogenic diet, along with consumption of ketone-producing medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), fights brain insulin resistance (type 3 diabetes) by helping to control blood glucose, calming inflammation, and enhancing insulin sensitivity. The diet helps to maintain energy levels by fueling the brain with ketones, a more concentrated and efficient energy source.

Diabetes – Those with diabetes and insulin resistance are at a higher risk of developing AD and other neurogenerative diseases. The relationship between diabetes and AD is so close that AD is now recognized as another form of diabetes referred to as type 3. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas fails to produce sufficient insulin to properly regulate blood glucose. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas can produce a normal amount of insulin, but the cells have become resistant or unresponsive to its action, resulting in insulin resistance. In type 3 diabetes, the brain has insulin deficiency, as in type 1, plus insulin resistance, as in type 2. Dysregulation of insulin results in an increased risk for cognitive impairment. The good news is that diabetes type 2 can often be reversed with weight loss, regular exercise and a proper diet.

Omega-3 fatty acids – Found in fish, algae, some plants, nut oils and supplements, omega-3’s play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development. Highly concentrated in the brain, research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and appear to be important for cognitive and behavioral function. Studies show an association between reduced intake of omega-3 fatty acids and an increased risk of age-related cognitive decline or dementia.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other fine quality supplements to support brain and overall health:

Sleep AideSleep Aide by Vital Nutrients: This synergistic formula provides well-studied botanicals and melatonin to provide a safe, natural way to calm the central nervous system and encourage restful, restorative sleep. Independently tested to be gluten, wheat, soy, egg, sugar, heavy metal, and pesticide free.


M.C.T. Liquid ...M.C.T. Liquid by Douglas Laboratories®: This product supplies 100% structured lipids in a convenient liquid form. MCT oil aids in weight management and energy production. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and artificial ingredient free formula.


Diabetter Advanced...Diabetter™ Advanced Glucose Support by Zahler: This product includes vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that work synergistically to help support and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Kosher formulation.


PGX DailyPGX® by Bioclinic Naturals: This clinically studied natural fiber complex supports healthy weight loss, reduces cravings, improves regularity, and helps to normalize blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. Gluten, wheat, and dairy free formulation.


Easy Swallow MinisEasy Swallow Minis by Wiley’s Finest™ Wild Alaskan Fish Oil: These easy swallow minis provide a concentrated and balanced dose of EPA and DHA omega-3 essential fatty acids. Manufactured at a family-owned and operated c-GMP facility, and sourced from sustainable Alaskan pollock or pacific whiting. Sugar, gluten, starch, yeast, wheat, dairy, artificial ingredients, nuts, shellfish, soy and corn free.

Don’t underestimate the importance of sleep. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/dont_underestimate_the_importance_of_sleep
Bad Sleep Found to Increase Alzheimer’s Related Brain Proteins. https://www.sciencealert.com/bad-sleep-may-increase-your-alzheimer-s-risk
Alzheimer’s disease study links brain health, physical activity. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170622103818.htm
What can you do to avoid Alzheimer’s disease? https://www.health.harvard.edu/alzheimers-and-dementia/what-can-you-do-to-avoid-alzheimers-disease
Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Summary of What We Know. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/884615
Ketones to combat Alzheimer’s disease. http://blogs.plos.org/neuro/2016/07/16/ketones-to-combat-alzheimers-disease/
Can omega-3 help prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Brain SPECT imaging shows possible link. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170519124034.htm
Omega-3 fatty acids. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids