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  • What Happens During a Colonoscopy

    A colonoscopy helps diagnose and treat certain gastrointestinal conditions without having to make any incisions. It is usually recommended as a screening procedure for colorectal cancer and to detect inflammation, ulcers, bleeding and tumors. It can also be used to remove polyps that may become cancerous at a later stage.

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  • The Power of Probiotics

    Bacteria and yeasts are tiny organisms that are greatly feared because of their association with diseases and sickness. However, you may be surprised that our body is made up millions of bacteria called the normal flora that instead of causing harm, protect and help our body out in various processes. Many foods and supplements contain such “good” bacteria, and are called probiotics. Its primary role is suggested in its name – “pro”, meaning promoting and “biotic” indicating life.

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  • Weight Loss Without Surgery

    The introduction of bariatric surgery has revolutionized the treatment of obesity and its associated comorbidities. It is highly recommended when diet, exercise and medicines fail to bring about significant weight loss in the severely obese (BMI ≥ 40 or BMI ≥ 35 with at least two related conditions). To evade the invasiveness and complications associated with surgery, patients can now opt for a new non-invasive approach called the ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon System, which promotes weight loss by controlling food portions, and encouraging you to better maintain your lost weight with diet and exercise.

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  • What Causes Constipation?

    Almost every person has experienced constipation at least once in their lifetime. Affecting approximately 42 million people in the US alone, this common digestive problem is a symptom rather than a disease, typically characterized by two factors:

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  • What’s the Difference Between Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity?

    Our body has the ability to digest and use a variety of foods for its maintenance and survival. However, there are some forms of foods that cannot be tolerated by the digested system in few, causing adverse reactions. The intolerance to foods containing gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and a common ingredient of bakery products can affect people. There are two disorders that fall under this food intolerance – celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Although they have similar symptoms, they have different implications to your health and need to be diagnosed differentially in order to provide effective treatment.

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  • How Vitamin D Affects IBD

    Vitamin D is traditionally known for its vital role in the development of strong bones and teeth, as without it, calcium cannot be taken up by the body. In recent times, there have been new insights into the role of this freely available vitamin in other physiological functions of the body. In particular, is the association of low levels of vitamin D with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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  • Calling All Men Over 50

    As you age, your body undergoes many changes. New problems may surface, forcing you to take more care of your health. Apart from overall health issues such as maintaining healthy weight, BP, cholesterol and sugar levels, men may require to be aware of certain problems that could specifically affect them in old age. During this men’s awareness month, we at Greater Houston Gastroenterology call upon all men over 50 to get regular and timely screening of certain conditions that they may be prone to.

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  • Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer with Exercise

    Cancer of the colon, the last section of the intestine, is considered the third most common cancer that American men and women suffer from. After all the nutrients from food are digested in the small intestine, the colon or the large intestine absorbs water and prepares waste as stool for excretion. So, the kind of food you eat and the lifestyle you lead plays a major role in developing colon cancer; with a diet low in fiber and high in fat, a sedentary life and obesity acting as major contributors. Reduce your risk of colon cancer with exercises.

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  • Can Exercise Ease Your IBS?

    Exercise has been considered the magic pill for many simple and chronic conditions. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common digestive condition that causes bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation and stomach cramps, is also one of these diseases that can be efficiently controlled by exercise. Exercise helps control symptoms, and emotional and physical triggers associated with IBS.

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  • The Facts About IBD

    Approximately 1.6 million Americans currently have IBD, a growth of about 200,000 since the last time CCFA reported this figure (in 2011). As many as 70,000 new cases of IBD are diagnosed in the United States each year. There may be as many as 80,000 children in the United States with IBD.

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