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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Pancreatitis after taking GLP-1 analog drugs linked to carrier status for hemochromatosis and cystic fibrosis

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NEW! Pancreatitis after taking these drugs  is more likely to occur in people who are carriers of the Cystic Fibrosis or Hemochromatosis gene.  ​ Research published in 2018 suggests that people who are carriers or the genes for Cystic Fibrosis or Hemochromatosis may be at more risk for the pancreatitis caused by this family of drugs. Since these people are carriers, they are not diagnosed with these conditions, but if they have children with others who also carry these genes their children have a significant risk of inheriting these conditions.  It turns out that these genes, in carriers, may have subtle effects on the pancreas, which may explain why drugs that further irritate the pancreas may cause painful and possibly dangerous inflammation of the organ.