Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency (PEI) has a profound negative impact on quality of life – but a simple treatment called pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) can make a huge difference. Tune in to this engaging conversation with dietitian Lauren Atkins to learn the what and why of this under-recognised condition, as well as the important role dietitians play in managing it. Lauren also covers the nutritional consequences of PEI, how she effectively educates patients to use PERT and the common challenges PERT patients face.
Lauren Atkins is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, Senior Oncology Dietitian and Co-founder and Director of her business OnCore Nutrition. She has over 10 years experience in oncology and haematology nutrition care, having worked at Peter Mac, The Royal Children’s Hospital Epworth as well as providing education and leadership to multiple universities and cancer organisations. She is a member of the COSA Nutrition Group Executive Committee and contributes to national cancer care research and frameworks. Lauren hosts her own podcast, OnCore Nutrition Two Peas in a Podcast and is passionate about empowering people with knowledge to optimise their health.
In this episode, we discuss:
- The common conditions associated with PEI
- How to manage a patient if you suspect PEI
- PERT dosing guidelines
- Tips for dietitians working with patients who require PERT
- What dietitians can do long-term for their PERT patients
Don’t forget to speak to gastroenterologists, surgeons and oncologists to get information on your individual clients – their hands-on insights are so valuable to understand the remaining function of the pancreas.
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