Diet and nutrition after your pancreas transplant

After your pancreas transplant, you should adjust your diet to keep your pancreas healthy and functioning well. You should maintain a healthy weight, which can help prevent infection, heart attacks and other complications. You'll work with a nutrition specialist (dietitian) and your treatment team to discuss your nutrition and diet after your transplant.

Your 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 enough calcium
  • Maintaining a low-salt and low-fat diet
  • Following food safety guidelines
  • Limiting your caffeine
  • Avoiding excessive alcohol
  • Staying hydrated by drinking adequate water and other fluids each day
  • Avoiding grapefruit and grapefruit juice due to their effect on a group of immunosuppressive medications (calcineurin inhibitors)
July 11, 2013