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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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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