Don’t Keep a Lid on Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Talk to your doctor and share all your symptoms

EPI or Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency is a condition affecting the pancreas. EPI is the inability of the pancreas to produce enzymes that help in the digestion (breakdown) of food. Join gastroenterologist Doctor Bob Etemad whose mission is to educate and build awareness about EPI. A patient dealing with the condition will also lend her perspective on the topic.


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What is EPI or Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency?

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) is a gastrointestinal condition that may go unrecognized and under-diagnosed.

When many people think of the pancreas, they think of insulin or diabetes; but the pancreas has another important function other than to produce insulin. A healthy pancreas produces proteins called enzymes that help break down foods into nutrients for the body.

In people with EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), the pancreas does not produce enough of its main enzymes – lipase (breaks down fats), amylase, (breaks down carbohydrates) and protease (breaks down proteins) – which help in the digestion, or breakdown, of food into nutrients.

The symptoms of EPI can vary, but common symptoms include: a type of diarrhea called steatorrhea (foul-smelling, oily stools that float and are hard to flush), gas, bloating, stomach pain, frequent bowel movements or unexplained weight loss.

More About Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)

  • EPI can cause improper digestion and absorption of nutrients in food such as fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
  • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or EPI may be associated with the following diseases and conditions: chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), cystic fibrosis (a disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems), pancreatectomy (surgical removal of all or part of the pancreas), pancreatic cancer, or diabetes. If you have one of these conditions and symptoms of EPI, talk to your doctor.
  • EPI is a manageable condition, so don’t keep a lid on it. Talk to your doctor and share all your symptoms so that he/she may best help you.
  • For more information about EPI, visit http://www.IdentifyEPI.com. The Symptom Connect tool is one example of a valuable resource on the website to help people who are experiencing GI symptoms start a conversation with their doctor.

“AbbVie is committed to encouraging the public to seek medical attention to determine the cause of regular digestive issues. Symptoms, like those associated with EPI, can be related to other digestive issues and only a healthcare professional can determine if those unidentified GI symptoms warrant further attention,” Maria Rivas, M.D., vice president, Global Medical Affairs, AbbVie.

Tune in on Tuesday, March 11th and 18th at 7:00 am (ET/PT) on Lifetime Television to hear gastroenterologist Dr. Bob Etemad talk about EPI and a patient who is dealing with the condition share her story in this first segment in a 3 part “Behind the Mystery: Rare and Genetic Diseases” series on EPI.


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The Balancing Act® airing on Lifetime TV Talks Female Safety, Fresh Pickles, Fighting Insomnia, Bra Fitting, and EPI

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(Pompano Beach, FL – PR.Com/CISION – March 10, 2014) Popular morning show The Balancing Act® airing on Lifetime® TV welcomes some of the hottest names in firearms, fermented foods, sleep control, bras, and pancreas pain to the show. Make sure to tune in on Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT) as The Balancing Act hosts help jump start the day with animated conversation, recipe ideas and trusted information to empower a woman’s life.

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– More than Meets the Eye – Bubbies Pickles
Fermentation was used by man to preserve food over 3,000 years ago, but what many people don’t know is that the process helps preserve the health benefits giving us low-calorie and healthy snacks that can aid indigestion. John Gray, CEO of Bubbies of San Francisco joins our host in the Balancing Act kitchen to showcase their fresh and naturally fermented pickles and give viewers ideas on creative ways to add them to everyday recipes. http://www.bubbies.com

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– Behind the Mystery of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency with AbbVie Inc.
EPI or Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency is a condition affecting the pancreas. EPI is the inability of the pancreas to produce enzymes that help in the digestion (breakdown) of food. Join gastroenterologist Doctor Bob Etemad whose mission is to educate and build awareness about EPI. A patient dealing with the condition will also lend her perspective on the topic in this Behind the Mystery series segment. http://www.identifyepi.com http://www.abbvie.com

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