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Healthy Aging from the National Institute on Aging

What factors influence healthy aging? Research has identified action steps we can take to maintain our health and function as we get older. From improving our diet and levels of physical activity to getting health screenings and managing risk factors for disease, these actions may influence different areas of health. (more…)

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Digestive Health Specialists Teams Up With Roc Solid Foundation

Digestive Health Specialists teamed up with Roc Solid Foundation on Saturday, July 31, 2021, to provide a playset to a child fighting cancer in Lexington, NC. The sponsorship supports the nonprofit’s program, Play It Forward, which surprises kids fighting cancer with brand new playsets in their backyards. “Digestive Health Specialists is excited to sponsor and team up with Roc Solid Foundation to support their mission of building custom playsets in the backyards of kids fighting cancer,” said Digestive Health Specialists CEO Todd Pittman. “I am proud of the DHS family for volunteering their time and energy to provide 4-year-old Lynix and her family happiness during their challenging times as she battles Burkitt lymphoma/leukemia. Giving back to others and our community is truly the most gratifying experience one can feel. Thank you to all our providers and staff who came out to give back!” (more…)

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Digestive Tract Paralysis Conditions

Have you heard of digestive tract paralysis? Digestive tract paralysis, known as DTP, is when your digestive tract stops functioning the way it is supposed to. Let’s talk about three specific digestive tract paralysis conditions: gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and colonic inertia. Gastroparesis It is a condition where the stomach empties too slowly. Since the stomach does not digest food as it should, the food will sit for prolonged periods, which can lead to other health problems. No blockage is evident. You will need a test to confirm delayed emptying. (more…)

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Start Colon Cancer Screenings at 45

On May 18, 2021, it was announced that the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) lowered the age to start colorectal cancer screenings at age 45. What does this mean? Below are answers from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to some of the most common questions about this decision. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has lowered the colorectal cancer screening age to 45. This means all people at average risk should start screening for colorectal cancer at age 45. People at higher risk may need to be screened earlier according to their risk factors. Colorectal cancer is extremely common in the United States, and these new screening guidelines will save lives. (more…)

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Men’s Health: Simple Steps to Improve Your Health

Men’s health encompasses several different issues. They range from basic nutrition and exercise to topics such as cardiovascular health and cancer screenings. The pandemic has dramatically altered people’s routines, which have led to more risky behaviors, such as increased alcohol abuse, more binge eating, and increased tobacco abuse. I have always found men to be notorious for neglecting their healthcare until they develop a problem. So, what can men do to improve their health? (more…)

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Women’s Unique Gastrointestinal (GI) Needs

May is Women’s Health Month! It is a great time to enlighten ourselves on various topics unique to women’s health. A subject that would benefit from increased awareness is that of gut health. Even though the anatomy of the digestive tract is similar in men and women, there are differences in what can affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of women and as result, conditions and associated symptoms may develop. (more…)

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Let’s Talk About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month, so let us talk about IBS. What is it? IBS is a chronic functional disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits (either constipation or diarrhea) in the absence of other underlying GI disorders. Other common symptoms include bloating, gas, and abdominal cramps. It may also be called spastic colon, irritable colon, nervous bowel, or visceral hypersensitivity. (more…)

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Increase in Colon Cancer Predicted Due to COVID-19

  There has been a decline in cancer deaths in the last two decades, but physicians are worried that the coronavirus pandemic will undo this progress. Their fears are not without foundation. In 2020, there was an abrupt drop between 86% and 94% in preventive cancer screenings performed nationwide, compared to the equivalent weeks from 2017-2019. Specifically speaking about colon cancer, most centers halted screenings in March, which caused a decrease of 86% in preventive colonoscopies compared with the same period in previous years.  (more…)

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COVID-19 Vaccines – You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!

We understand that you may have concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We wanted to provide information to our patients and answer questions you may have about it. Given there are so many opinions on the internet, we recommend that you limit your information to reputable medical organizations and the CDC. You can also always ask your doctor if you have additional questions or concerns. Below you will find a list of common questions with explanations that follow. Thank you for your interest! (more…)

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