THE doctor is in

I am a 23-year-old non-alcoholic suffering from pancreatitis for the last six years. Whenever I have an attack,the pain continues for 72 hours and I have been told that I am at the risk of diabetes too. Please advise.

Published:January 10, 2009 2:43 am

I am a 27-year-old working woman and my baby is due next week. I am confused about whether to breastfeed my child exclusively or start the baby on a combination of breast milk and formula milk. — Sulekha

Dr Anupam Sibal,Paediatrician,Indraprastha Apollo Hospital,says:

I strongly recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months. No formula milk comes even remotely close to the goodness of breast milk. Babies exclusively breast-fed have fewer infections,lesser risk of allergies and gain weight easily. The constitution of breast milk is appropriate for the baby in terms of proteins,carbohydrates and fat mix. Also,breast milk is rich in factors that provide natural immunity.

I am a 23-year-old non-alcoholic suffering from pancreatitis for the last six years. Whenever I have an attack,the pain continues for 72 hours and I have been told that I am at the risk of diabetes too. Please advise. — Sunil

Dr Anoop Saraya,Gastroenterologist,All India Institute of Medical Sciences,says:

This is a complicated issue and if the pain does not subside after five years,one must consult a pancreatologist or gastroenterologist. In nearly 80 per cent cases,the pain stops. If it does not,it might require surgical intervention. Diabetes is a related complication. A recent study,however, has established that antioxidants are useful in decreasing the frequency of attacks,thereby reducing the possibility.

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