We’re looking at incontinence (specifically, stress and urge incontinence) in this month’s issue—and not for the first time, since incontinence affects many seniors. It also is a problem that many people suffer in silence because they feel too embarrassed to mention it to their doctor. That is unfortunate, since putting … Read More
Q: Can diverticulosis cause any serious complications?
A: Diverticulosis develops in weak areas along the walls of the colon; it is characterized by tiny sacs—diverticula—that bulge through these weak spots. Low-fiber diets, physical inactivity, and obesity are associated with diverticulosis. Symptoms of diverticulosis include constipation, bloating, and mild cramps.
Two major complications … Read More
As many as 45 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): a chronic condition that results in abdominal pain, bloating, and bouts of diarrhea and/or constipation. It’s thought that stress may contribute to the symptoms, and many people with IBS report relief through “mind-body” therapies like meditation and cognitive … Read More
It’s time to talk about constipation. Infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools is extremely common, particularly for older adults. Chronic constipation affects up to 40 percent of adults over age 60 and, in a 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, older adults reported this ongoing condition … Read More
An early diagnosis for colorectal cancer is the best chance for successful treatment, and colonoscopy remains the gold standard screening test for the disease, since your doctor can remove any potentially cancerous growths during the procedure. Even so, colonoscopy rates still aren’t where they should be, according to federal data … Read More