Are there natural treatments for pancreatic cysts? It may be surprising, but there are things you can do at home to prevent and treat pancreatic cysts. However, before self-treating, it is important to talk to your doctor to see if you are at risk or already have pancreatic cysts. If you are already undergoing treatment for pancreatic cysts, do not replace it with these natural treatments without your doctor’s approval.
What are pancreatic cysts?
Firstly, before we can discuss the treatment of pancreatic cysts, we should discuss what they are. A cyst is a pocket-like growth that contains fluid. In the pancreas, two types of cysts can occur: mucinous or serous cysts. Serous cysts contain thin, clear fluid and are considers non-cancerous. On the other hand, mucinous cysts contain thicker fluid and are potentially cancerous.
Pseudocysts are another condition that can be mistaken for actual cysts. These also have fluid, but do not have the same epithelial lining as serous or mucinous cysts. Pseudocysts are not considered harmful, however, and are usually due to pancreatitis.
Natural treatment options for pancreatic cysts
While pancreatic cysts usually do not require much treatment, large cysts may cause pain and discomfort. Although uncommon, some cysts can transition into cancer. Typically, treatment involves draining the cyst or surgery to prevent further growth.
Aside from watching and waiting, natural treatment options for pancreatic cysts include watching your diet and maintaining general health. Like with most diseases, including cancer, proper diet and exercise can improve vitality and boost your immune system.
The exact cause of pancreatic cysts is not known, but conditions like pancreatitis can be associated with cyst formation. A low-fat diet, ideally less than 50 grams per day, are best for patients with pancreatic diseases. Smaller, more frequent meals are preferred than large, heavy meals. Also try to include fat-soluble vitamin supplements or eat more food that contains vitamins A, D, E, and K. Some food that are rich in these vitamins are:
- Carrots, sweet potatoes (kamote), squash (kalabasa)
- Spinach, kangkong, petchay
- Whole eggs
- Fatty fish (e.g. salmon, mackerel, sardines)
- Seafood (e.g. shrimp)
- Fortified milk
- Whole-grain bread and cereal
In conclusion, pancreatic cysts are usually nothing to worry about. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is sufficient unless the cyst continues to grow. If you experience abdominal pain, make an appointment with your doctor to determine if the cause is a cyst. You may be asked to undergo imaging tests like an MRI, CT scan, or ultrasound. Pancreatic cysts cannot be treated without surgery, but staying healthy can ease the discomforts of their symptoms.
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