Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

The main cause of pancreatitis in adult males is alcohol abuse and dependence and in adult females is cholelithiasis and biliary tract disturbances. Overall incidence is approximately the same in males and females. The principal cause in children is cystic fibrosis. Because pancreatic secretions decrease with age, elderly persons have decreased ability to tolerate dietary fat and have an increased risk of gallstones that may lead to pancreatitis. The risk for middle-age African Americans is 10 times higher than that of whites and Native Americans, and the racial/ethnic differences are more pronounced in men than in women. As people age, hospital-ization rates increase for females in particular.

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