Yes, diet definitely does play the biggest role. I am a certified personal trainer and a fitness nutrition specialist and also work in healthcare. It's about
80/20, being 80% diet and 20% exercise. Of course, trying is no longer going to be enough after what he has just gone through. However, his doctor also suspects that he may have a metabolic syndrome, which is genetic and, to be fair, his PCP has grossly mismanaged his care. He just saw a new gastroenterologist last week just before Thanksgiving, and he said that he should have had his gallbladder removed 9 years ago, which is when he first started having problems with pancreatitis. When he had his first attack of pancreatitis in 2006, gallstones were seen on an ultrasound, but nothing was ever done about
it. He has had flare-ups of pancreatitis about
once a year since then caused by elevated triglycerides. His new GI doc linked the elevated triglycerides to a dysfunctional gallbladder and was floored that no one ever removed it. A previous out of town gastroenterologist even sent his PCP a note 2 years ago stating that he needed his gallbladder removed after having many stones removed from his bile duct, which were causing a serious obstruction, but his PCP never followed through on this and essentially blew my husband off whenever he even mentioned his gallbladder. His new gastroenterologist said last week that he's fairly certain that we have a malpractice case. There are plans to remove his gallbladder after he has an upper endoscopy and an MRI of his pancreas, which were supposed to be happening this week, but now we are not sure if they will. It depends on what the cath shows this morning. This GI doc also said that my husband's PCP absolutely should have referred him to an endocrinologist and a weight loss specialist years ago, which this doctor is going to do once he has his gallbladder removed. He even said that he could have bariatric surgery performed when he has his gallbladder removed, which is something my husband is definitely interested in. In all fairness, my husband does try to watch what he eats and he does not overeat, but he doesn't always eat the healthiest things. I think, or at least hope, that this experience will be a wake up call to him to really buckle down.
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