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We have written several times here about the condition known as lactose intolerance. Being lactose intolerant means the body has difficulty breaking down and digesting the sugar in milk, also known as lactose. The condition is caused by a deficiency in the enzyme lactase which is produced in the small intestine. Those who are lactose […]

When Should You Visit a Gastroenterologist? People often attribute stomach problems to stress, aging or a diet filled with rich foods. However, stomach pain or digestive issues should never simply be brushed aside and dismissed as being normal. The reality is that any symptoms you’re experiencing could be signs that something is wrong with your […]

The FODMAP diet consists of foods that are low in fermentable carbohydrates. In other words, it is a diet that restricts foods that triggers digestive symptoms such as gas, stomach pain and bloating. The acronym for FODMAP is fermentable oligo-saccharide, disaccharides, mono-saccharides and polyols, which are a group of poorly absorbed complex and simple sugars […]

The bland diet consists of simple foods that are bland (not spicy), low in dietary fiber, typically soft and cooked instead of raw. Foods that are avoided include whole grains that are rich in fiber, robust cheese, fried and fatty foods. As well, medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin are discouraged. In addition, caffeine and […]

Most people are already familiar with the fact that the majority of pregnant women experience some degree of morning sickness. However, some women experience an extreme form of sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy. This is not a condition that can simply be helped with ginger ale and crackers. It is actually a serious and […]

Your Liver Will Thank You Hepatitis C is a serious disease that can severely damage your liver. Unfortunately, it can even lead to cancer. Baby boomers are especially at risk of having Hepatitis C. To protect yourself, be sure to get tested as soon as possible. Here are some important facts that you should know […]

Receiving a new diagnosis for a long-term condition can be something of an emotional roller coaster ride. On the upside, you finally understand what has been causing your health troubles. On the flip side, you many need to adopt some or even many lifestyle changes. Fortunately, learning that your digestive troubles are the result of […]

When abnormal cells in the colon and/or rectum begin to destructively divide, a malignant tumor can form, resulting in a diagnosis of colorectal cancer. These cancers often begin as a polyp that grows in the tissues lining the colon and rectum. Most polyps are not cancerous, but an adenoma type of polyp can be precancerous and does […]

Delayed gastric emptying or gastroparesis is a condition that happens when the stomach takes too long to empty food into your small intestines. The disorder can be caused by an illness such as diabetes, lupus or other conditions. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, which typically includes bloating, nausea, vomiting and heartburn. Moreover, gastroparesis […]

When a doctor identifies celiac disease in a child, the process of health recovery begins. Diagnosis is a “light bulb moment.” Now, there’s an explanation for a child’s chronic abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, or constipation. Diagnosis also reveals the reason for the vomiting, weight loss, and delayed growth that some children exhibit. Gluten Allergy All […]

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