After your pancreas transplant, you should adjust your diet to keep your pancreas healthy and functioning well. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can help prevent many common post-transplant complications, including infection, heart attacks and bone thinning.
Your Mayo Clinic transplant team includes a nutrition specialist (dietitian) who can discuss your nutrition and diet needs and answer any questions you have after your transplant.
Your Mayo Clinic dietitian will also provide you with several healthy food options and ideas to use in your nutrition plan. Your dietitian's recommendations may include:
- Eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day
- Eating lean meats, poultry and fish
- Eating whole-grain breads, cereals and other products
- Having enough fiber in your daily diet
- Drinking low-fat milk or eating other low-fat dairy products to help maintain healthy calcium levels
- Limiting salt and sodium intake by using fresh herb and spices to season foods and avoiding processed foods
- Limiting unhealthy fats, such as saturated fats in butter and red meats
- Limiting your caffeine
- Avoiding excessive alcohol
- Staying hydrated by drinking adequate water and other fluids each day
- Avoiding grapefruit and grapefruit juice, pomegranate and Seville oranges due to their effect on a group of immunosuppressive medications (calcineurin inhibitors)
- Following food safety practices to reduce the risk of infection
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