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  • 5 Things You Need to Know About GERD

    Most people have experienced the feeling of heartburn after a heavy meal every once in a while, however for people with GERD, the feeling may occur on a daily basis with serious consequences. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition caused by the backward flow of gastric juice into the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat to the stomach) resulting in symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, painful swallowing, throat soreness, and chest pain.

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  • 4 Tips to Prevent Diabetes

    Diabetes is on the rise with greater than 24 million Americans being affected, 6 million of whom don’t even realize they have diabetes. What’s even more frightening is type 2 diabetes which usually affects adults is now showing up in children. The complications caused by diabetes such as limb loss and heart disease are equally disturbing.

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  • Ulcerative Colitis: Shooting for Remission

    Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease condition that causes diarrhea and ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum. It can occur at any age and has a tendency to run in families. Pain in the abdomen and blood stained diarrhea are the most common symptoms. Other symptoms include fever, anemia, tiredness, loss of appetite, rectal bleeding, sores on skin, and pain in the joints.

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  • Athletes with IBD: Tips on Staying Active

    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. IBD primarily includes Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis. The most common symptoms include painful abdominal cramps, intestinal bleeding, diarrhea, fever, vomiting and weight loss. Though the exact cause of the condition remains unknown, the genetic and non-genetic or environmental factors are thought to play a part.

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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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