Digestive Health

Glossary

achalasia: A disorder in which the lower esophageal sphincter fails to relax and open wide enough to allow food to enter the stomach. anal fissure: A small tear in the lining of the anal canal. anaphylaxis: A life-threatening allergic reaction in which breathing becomes difficult, blood pressure drops, and the … Read More

Ease Constipation the Natural Way

· · Digestive Health
Older adults are more likely to suffer from constipation, partly for physiologic reasons and partly due to external factors. “Peristalisis—the muscle contractions that move food through the colon—diminish in older age, and this slows the passage of food through the digestive tract,” says Nisha Rughwani, MD, associate professor of geriatrics … Read More

Is Your Sense of Taste Less Sharp?

· · Digestive Health
Many seniors find that their sense of taste is less sharp than it was, but as you get older your sense of smell also may diminish. “The sensations of taste and smell are intertwined, since the smell of food is one of the most important contributors to flavor,” notes Mount … Read More

Relieve and Prevent Constipation

· · Digestive Health
With more than 2.5 million Americans visiting the doctor for this malady annually, constipation is the most common digestive complaint. It can happen for many reasons, but the holidays can be especially troublesome. “Constipation can occur around the holidays for several reasons, including travel and changes in daily routines,” says … Read More

From the Editor: Don’t Suffer in Silence…

· · Digestive Health
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

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