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
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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
An impacted bowel is one of the more unpleasant digestive issues you can experience. Bowel obstruction symptoms occur when a mass of dry, hard stool will not pass out of the colon or rectum. Bowel impaction can become a serious issue if not treated, and in extreme cases may even
After the small intestine, digested food moves through the six-foot-long large intestine (also known as the colon) where water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed. The remaining solid waste then travels from the colon into the rectum as stool. It is in the colon where people suffer from many of
The large intestine is about six feet long. It is here that water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed from partly digested food. The remaining solid waste then moves from the colon into the rectum as stool.
Many people believe they are constipated if they don’t have a bowel movement at
If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you may experience diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, and fatigue—symptoms that can cause significant disruption in your daily life. However, with the right treatment, most IBD patients are able to keep their disease in check.
“The inflammatory bowel diseases are chronic inflammatory conditions
As rates of obesity continue to rise in the U.S., more people are choosing weight-loss surgery to help them achieve a healthy weight. Nearly 200,000 Americans had weight-loss surgery in 2014, ac-cording to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
But, like any medical procedure, weight-loss surgery has risks and
Irritating, painful and sometimes life-threatening, gastrointestinal disorders affect 60 to 70 million Americans. Because food is inseparably linked to the digestive tract, it’s not surprising that people often blame what they eat for G.I. misery. Here, EN explores five common gastrointestinal disorders and how to get relief.Gastro-Esophageal Reflux DiseaseThough everyone
Staying regular is usually no problem if you include enough fiber in your diet, drink enough fluids and exercise regularly. But sometimes even that may not be enough to prevent constipation. When that happens, gentle laxatives can provide temporary relief. But choosing a safe laxative requires paying attention to active
Part 1 of a three-part “G.I. series.”No matter what you call it, “sluggish bowels” or “slow go,” constipation is no fun. Yet almost everyone experiences it at one time or another. Constipation is