Several factors can increase
your risk of developing
small gallstone can move far enough into the bile duct to block the flow of
pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine.
An excessive amount of
alcohol. The amount needed to cause pancreatitis is not known. Alcohol
tolerance varies from one person to another. Moderate consumption is considered
no more than 2
alcoholic beverages per day for men and 1 per day for
women and older people.
A high level of fat (triglycerides) in the blood. The level of
triglycerides needed to cause pancreatitis is greater than 1,000
mg/dL (11.3 mmol/L). Normal triglyceride levels are around 150
mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L).
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