Latest Articles by Gastroenterology Associates

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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Heartburn, Acid Reflux & GERD: What You Need to Know

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is defined by consistent heartburn and acid reflux. If a patient experiences these common conditions two or more times per week, they should consult a doctor.
October 19, 2021

Although many believe heartburn, acid reflux, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are one in the same, they’re actually three distinct conditions. However, they are related, as acid reflux causes both heartburn and GERD, and heartburn is a symptom of both acid reflux and GERD. 

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What Is Colon Cancer & How Can I Prevent It?

Colon aka colorectal cancer forms in the wall of the large intestine or rectum, and can be prevented with healthy lifestyle habits.
October 05, 2021

Colon cancer arises in the colon aka large intestine, the 5- to 6-foot tube connecting the small intestine to the rectum, its final several inches. This digestive organ transports and processes food through several segments—including the cecum, ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid. Abnormal cells can develop in the lining of its wall or rectum. These can multiply uncontrollably and become cancerous, impacting the entire digestive system, and ultimately, causing death. 

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Celiac Disease: How to Identify Symptoms

Consult a gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis of celiac disease, since symptoms manifest differently for people and can often be overlooked or mistaken for other gluten-sensitivity disorders.
September 21, 2021

Celiac disease is often misunderstood and can go undiagnosed because of its similarity with other disorders. Symptoms can manifest differently for people based on factors such as age and gender, and recognizing them on your own can be difficult.   

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What Is Lynch Syndrome?

Lynch syndrome is a genetically inherited condition that predisposes carriers to developing a variety of cancers at younger ages.
September 14, 2021

Genetics and family history can often play a significant role in a person’s health, and those who have a strong history of certain cancers within their family can benefit from speaking to their doctor and inquiring about Lynch syndrome.

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