The importance of fiber in the diet cannot be overemphasized. Dietary fiber—what we used to call “roughage” or “bulk”—can help prevent or alleviate chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, IBS, and possibly colorectal cancer. There is some early evidence suggesting that a high-fiber diet may lessen or prevent food allergies, and dietary
Q: I take medication to help control urinary incontinence, and a friend mentioned that these medications are associated with unpleasant and risky side effects in seniors. Is she right, and if so, should I stop taking the medication?
A: It is likely the drug you take is in a class called
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
If you have unsightly varicose veins, self-help strategies—such as weight loss, physical activity, not standing up for long periods of time, elevating your legs when sitting down, and wearing compression stockings—can sometimes mitigate their appearance. However, if these approaches don’t help, and if you’re bothered by the appearance of your
Q: I take some herbal supplements, but often wonder if they are safe and effective. How can I find out?
A: An excellent source for learning about herbs is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s (NCCIH) robust website called “Herbs at a Glance.” You can find it at nccih.nih.gov.
Do you use the Bristol Stool Chart? It’s a human-poop evaluation guide developed at the British Royal Infirmary in 1997. It can help you determine if your feces are normal. The Bristol Stool Chart—also called the Bristol Stool Scale—s widely used in clinical settings, especially with patients battling irritable bowel
The final phase of digestion takes place in the last several inches of the colon, which are known as the rectum. This is where stool is stored until being passed during a bowel movement via the anal canal and anus. Even though this is a small area of the entire
In many cases, a digestive disorder can be diagnosed from common symptoms, a physical exam, and simple blood tests. But many digestive disorders share symptoms, making diagnosis tricky. Plus, some diseases, like colon cancer, need to be detected before symptoms appear so they can be effectively treated. In these incidences,
It’s said that you are what you eat. Your diet dictates your overall health and wellbeing. The right foods feed your body the nutrients it needs to maintain an active lifestyle, keep your brain alert, and protect you from illness and disease.
But there is much more going on every time
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of