The lining of your gastrointestinal tract (or “gut”) is directly related to the health of your whole body. This lining forms a crucial barrier between you and the outside world. In a sense, everything inside your gut is outside of you. Only a few very specific substances are normally allowed … Read More
There is no cure for ulcerative colitis (UC), an inflammatory bowel disease that causes pain, diarrhea, and a significant decline in quality of life. Medical management can be complex and rife with side effects, leaving many sufferers feeling hopeless. But newly published research suggests that an unorthodox approach could change … Read More
Q: Is there anything I can do to address my frequent heartburn besides medications?A: Lauren McAvoy, a dietetic intern at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, answers: “Heartburn is quite common among adults in the United States. The most common symptom is a pain or burning sensation at the base of the … Read More
If you’ve been experiencing nagging abdominal pain that worsens after eating, you could have pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). The condition occurs in acute and chronic forms, and both can cause complications—in fact, acute pancreatitis is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization due to gastrointestinal issues in the … 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
Bloating is a common discomfort that affects everyone. It is primarily caused by the foods we eat, but it also can be exacerbated by what we don’t get enough of in our diets, such as fiber or fluids.
However, there are dietary strategies that can help reduce or prevent bloating.
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Q: My doctor ordered a test for leaky gut syndrome. What is this condition, and what does the test entail?A: A leaky gut syndrome test will help determine whether you have increased intestinal permeability, a condition in which the lining of your small intestine allows bacteria and undigested food particles … Read More