Latest Articles by Gastroenterology Associates

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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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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Signs You Need to See a Gastroenterologist

Abnormal bowel movements, rectal bleeding, frequent heartburn, abdominal pain/bloating, trouble swallowing, and 45+ years of age are all reasons you may decide to call a gastroenterologist.
October 12, 2021

You may be instructed to visit a digestive diseases specialist known as a gastroenterologist if you are experiencing symptoms such as abnormal bowel movements, rectal bleeding, frequent heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, trouble swallowing, or are of age to begin regular screenings for colorectal cancer.

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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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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic immune system disorder that can cause inflammation or damage to the esophagus, resulting in difficulty eating and swallowing.
August 06, 2021

Those with esophageal inflammation experiencing difficulty swallowing or frequently getting food stuck in their esophagus may be diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis. This relatively newly recognized disease can result in damage to the lining of your esophagus, which can worsen over time if untreated.

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