Latest Articles by Gastroenterology Associates

Signs & Symptoms of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity presents as several symptoms including bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, migraines and headaches, anxiety and depression.
December 30, 2021

Although gluten sensitivity is most commonly associated with Celiac disease—a disorder impacting approximately 2 million people in the United States characterized by severe gluten intolerance—there is a milder form of the condition known as non-Celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Specialists estimate 1% to 3% of the population have NCGS.


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What Are Celiac Disease & H. Pylori Infection?

Celiac disease and H. pylori are both gastrointestinal diseases characterized by symptoms including abdominal pain, gas, and weight loss.
December 23, 2021

Celiac disease and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are two gastrointestinal conditions that present symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and weight loss. If left untreated, both conditions can have severe consequences, so it’s important to understand these disorders, their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.


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Conditions Affecting the Liver, Pancreas & Gallbladder

Conditions affecting the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder include ascites, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, gallstones, gallbladder disease, gallbladder cancer, Gilbert’s syndrome, hemochromatosis, hepatitis, jaundice, liver cancer, pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer.
December 16, 2021

The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder make up the biliary system, a portion of the digestive system known for absorbing nutrients and disposing of waste. This network can be affected by several conditions ranging from ascites to pancreatic cancer.


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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Triggers, Symptoms, Diagnosis & More

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and gas. Here’s a breakdown of triggers, treatments, and more.
December 09, 2021

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic gastrointestinal condition that affects the large intestine. An estimated approximately 10 to 15 percent of the world’s population is affected by this disorder, which is also believed to impact between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. 


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What Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term for two conditions—Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—characterized by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.
December 02, 2021

Approximately 3 million Americans have some form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—an illness defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “a term for two conditions (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) that are characterized by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.” If left untreated, prolonged inflammation can result in major damage to the GI tract. 


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What to Expect: Colonoscopy vs. Upper Endoscopy

To understand a colonoscopy versus an upper endoscopy, it's important to note their similarities and distinctions—such as roles investigating symptoms and identifying and removing cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps, as well as the different digestive tract regions inspected by each.
November 23, 2021

A colonoscopy and upper endoscopy are two procedures performed frequently by gastroenterologists to view and examine various portions of your digestive tract. Colonoscopies inspect the large intestine (colon and rectum) while upper endoscopies observe the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine.


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Dietary Protocols Before & After an Endoscopic Procedure

Endoscopies require specialized diets. Here is a helpful breakdown of common procedures and regimens.
November 09, 2021

Seventy-five million endoscopic procedures are performed each year in the United States, of which 51.5 million are gastrointestinal endoscopies. While a colonoscopy may be the most common, with 19 million annually, there are several others, each requiring specialized dietary guidelines before and after the examination.   


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Warning Signs of Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a medical condition in which the pancreas, a hormone- and enzyme-regulating gland organ, becomes inflamed due to prematurely activated enzymes, causing abdominal pain and other symptoms.
October 26, 2021

The pancreas is a long gland organ that sits behind the stomach in the upper abdomen and releases digestive enzymes and hormones—namely, insulin—into the body. Thus, it plays a critical role in digestion and blood sugar regulation. Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed.


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