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  • Is Weight-loss Surgery Right For You?

    Is Weight-loss Surgery Right For You?

    Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is one of the newer, incision-less, weight-loss procedures that reduces the size of your stomach. It is a fairly simple procedure where an endoscope (a thin flexible tube with a camera and a suturing device) is passed through your mouth into your stomach. The size and shape of your stomach is then altered by a few strategically placed stiches making it physically impossible to have a large meal. The procedure is done under general anesthesia so you will not feel a thing. The total time taken is about 1-1/2 hours, after which you will be monitored in the recovery room for any complications. Most likely, you will be able to leave the hospital on the very same day!

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  • Foods that Fight Digestive Disease

    Foods that Fight Digestive Disease

    Do you experience uncomfortable bloating in your stomach or burning in your chest after meals? You could be suffering from a digestive disease and Digestive Disease National Awareness month (May) is the opportune time to start working on your digestive health. All digestive diseases, ranging from the occasional acid reflux to full blown irritable bowel syndrome, can be controlled to some extent by the foods you eat. Here are a few suggestions to get you moving in the right direction.

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  • You May Have IBS if You're Feeling Like This

    You May Have IBS if You're Feeling Like This

    Everyone has trouble with bowel movements from time to time, however, for those with IBS the abdominal pain, bloating, and sudden urge to move your bowels can wreak havoc with your plans on a regular basis. The possibility of not making it to the bathroom on time will have you constantly scouting for restrooms everywhere you go. Some people go to great lengths while making long-distance trips such as cleaning their system one day before the journey and thereafter not taking anything until reaching their destination to avoid having an ‘accident’ before reaching the restroom. Indeed, IBS can influence what you do for leisure, where and how you travel, and who you choose to hang out with.

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  • Weight Loss Strategies that Work

    Weight Loss Strategies that Work

    Even though obesity rates have begun to slow in recent years, obesity still remains one of the most significant threats to the health of our nation. In 1985, not a single state in US had an obesity rate above 15%. As things stand today, at least 20% of the population across all states are obese. About 8% of the population are extremely obese. The reason for these alarming figures is a combination of factors – bigger portion sizes, confusing diet and nutrition information, and our technologically driven comfort-oriented lifestyle. Americans in general walk less when compared to any other industrialized country.

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  • The Good News About Colon Cancer

    The Good News About Colon Cancer

    With significant advances in medical science, the number of deaths caused due to colon cancer has been declining over the past several decades. In the past year, the number of colon cancer related deaths in the US was down to approximately 50,260. It is estimated there are 1 million plus survivors of this disease in the United States alone!

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  • Superfoods Your Body Needs

    Superfoods Your Body Needs

    Your overall health is directly related to the type of food that goes into your body. Recently, there have been many pre-packaged processed foods that have been introduced in the market as Superfoods with claims to provide extraordinary health benefits. However, if long term health is your goal then your best bet is to stick to fresh, unprocessed foods that offer a variety of essentials nutrients. Such Superfoods are affordable and easily cooked at home.

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  • How Doctors Accurately Diagnose GERD

    How Doctors Accurately Diagnose GERD

    We have all experienced the occasional burning sensation or a sour taste in the mouth after a heavy meal. This is usually acid reflux aka heartburn. It occurs mainly because there is literally no place for the acidic contents in the stomach to go but up into the esophagus. It is a very common condition in the United States and is often the result of overeating, smoking, too much of salt and too little of fiber in the diet, and low-levels of physical activity.

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  • 4 Benefits of the Orbera Weight Loss System

    4 Benefits of the Orbera Weight Loss System

    If you’re considering bariatric surgery, first take a look at the Orbera weight loss system or intragastric balloon system. The Orbera system is ideal for obese individuals (BMI of 30 to 40 kg/m2) looking to lose weight that have not had success with diet and exercises alone.

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  • When is GI Cancer Screening Necessary?

    When is GI Cancer Screening Necessary?

    The American Cancer Society estimates about 26,370 cases of stomach cancer may have been diagnosed in 2016 with 10,730 of these cases resulting in death. This disease generally occurs later in life with the average age at diagnosis being around 69. The average risk of developing stomach cancer is about 1 in 111. Men are more likely to be affected by this disease as compared to women.

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  • Lose Weight Permanently

    Lose Weight Permanently

    Most people who have been fighting a battle against obesity will agree that the actual losing of weight is not as hard as maintaining the weight loss achieved in the long term. A study done in 1999 estimated that only 20% of overweight/obese Americans could sustain a weight loss of 10% of their bodyweight for at least a year.

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