What if there is an increase in calcium in the pancreas?

Pancreatic health
Pancreatic diabetes is a form of diabetes that was common in earlier days. Image courtesy: IANS

Savio Antony is 46 years old. He runs a grocery shop. One day, while sitting in the shop he got severe stomach pain along with vomiting. He has been taking medicine for diabetes for the last 10 years.

He got the medicine from a clinic for stomach pain. Even after taking it for a week, the pain and vomiting did not subside. When he started having back pain, he visited the doctor again who said there might be a possibility of his pancreas rotting and that he should do an endoscopy. Antony doubted if the pancreas can rot like that and wanted to know what kind of disease was that.

Pancreatic diabetes is a form of diabetes that was common in earlier days. It is a disease that occurs when too much calcium accumulates in the pancreas and the cells in the pancreas die. Diabetes, abdominal pain, body fatigue, problems due to lack of nutritious food, etc. can be seen in people who have this disease. Blood tests can also reveal a spike in sugar levels. If their stools are tested, that will also show a variation.

Another test is to scan their pancreas. During this time it is possible to check the pancreas shrinkage as well as calcification. Now this disease is very uncommon. Though the treatment isn’t easy, it has to be done. Several new medicines are available in the market now. Since there is a possibility of pancreatic cancer in such people, it is always better to do the tests properly.  Another symptom is abdominal pain. In the initial stage, small painkillers can be used. Surgery is also available today.

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