Acute pancreatitis is a common cause for hospital admission. In 2000, there were 224,000 admissions to non-federal hospitals in the USA, with an average length of stay of 6 days (US Census Bureau, Washington, DC). In 75%, the disease is self limited, and most patients leave the hospital by day 5, but in the remainder the initial illness progresses into the 'severe' form, lasting weeks, with mortality rates between 15-30% . In 2001 there were 3,075 deaths reported. The majority of deaths were in people of Caucasian origin, although the disease itself is more common in African Americans (Fig. 5.1).
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WHAT IT IS A three-phase plan that has been likened to the low-carbohydrate Atkins program because during the first two weeks, South Beach eliminates most carbs, including bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit and most dairy products. In PHASE 2, healthy carbs, including most fruits, whole grains and dairy products are gradually reintroduced, but processed carbs such as bagels, cookies, cornflakes, regular pasta and rice cakes remain on the list of foods to avoid or eat rarely.