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.
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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
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term that encompasses ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease. These two conditions can significantly disrupt your daily life with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, and fatigue. Fortunately, doctors now have a much better understanding of these diseases, and many treatment … Read More
Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located on the right side of your abdomen beneath your liver. Your gallbladder stores bile that is produced by your liver. When you consume foods that contain fat, your gallbladder releases bile into ducts (tubes) that carry the bile to your small intestine, … Read More
The gut microbiota—a community of trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the human digestive tract—may have a powerful impact on human health. The study of the microbiota (or microbiome) is a major frontier in nutrition research, as scientists work to understand how these organisms interact with our … Read More
Probiotics are considered “good” bacteria because they support digestive function and limit the growth of “bad” bacteria. In addition to yogurt and other fermented foods, they are available in supplement form, but it can be daunting to choose from the numerous products at most pharmacies and health food stores. Before … Read More