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I Think I have Celiac Disease: Should I Get Tested or Start Gluten-Free Diet? Nov 27th, 2019

Celiac disease results in damage to the lining of the small bowel which leads to poor absorption of nutrients. The symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, abdominal cramping, gas and bloating. Some patients may develop anemia, osteoporosis (weak bones) and vitamin deficiencies due to inadequate absorption. The...

What’s IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)? Do I Have a Spastic or Sensitive Bowel? Nov 27th, 2019

The exact cause of IBS is unknown. Symptoms in patients with IBS may be due to abnormal spasms of intestines (“spastic bowel”) or “sensitive bowel”. Some people may develop IBS symptoms after a gastrointestinal infection or due to food allergies. The most common symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain (cramps)...

Colon Cancer Screening: Do I Need One? Nov 4th, 2019

Anyone can get colon cancer! It is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. Your lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20.  Screening for colon cancer lowers your risk of...

Do I have Constipation? When do I need to see a doctor? Sep 22nd, 2019

Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems. Generally, constipation is defined as having less than three bowel movements in a week. However, you may have a daily bowel movement but can still be constipated. Other symptoms of constipation include hard stools, excessive straining for defecation, or feeling of...

Acid Reflux or GERD: What I Need to Know, Do and Watch Out? Sep 11th, 2019

Acid reflux or GERD (“Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease”) is reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus. This usually occurs due to a weak or “loose” sphincter muscle between the lower end of esophagus and the stomach. Symptoms of GERD include heartburn (burning sensation in chest), sour or acid taste in mouth,...