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Young-Onset Colon Cancer Is On the Rise

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. It is one of the most lethal cancers in the United States. Over the last several decades, the overall rates of colorectal cancer have decreased. This is mostly due to increased screening and broader awareness. However, the rate of colorectal cancer in patients under 50 has actually increased, anywhere from 3-8%! Now, 10% of colon cancers are diagnosed in patients under 50. (more…)

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Dr. Rajan is a board certified gastroenterologist serving the King and Winston Salem locations.

Dr. Dhyan Rajan Selected as a TopDoc

We are happy to announce that Dr. Dhyan Rajan was selected as a Top Doc through FindaTopDoc.com. FindaTopDoc is a digital health information company that helps connect patients with local physicians and specialists who accept our insurance. Their goal is to help guide patients on their journey towards optimal health by providing them with the know-how to make informed decisions for patients and their families. (more…)

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Dr. Akdamar, board certified gastroenterologist, explains more on pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic Cancer With Dr. Akdamar

Pancreatic Cancer is on the top of everyone’s mind, with the unfortunate passing of Alex Trebek, the long-time host of Jeopardy. Dr. Murat Akdamar saw it essential to provide more information on this disease. In the videos below, he tackles the most common questions about pancreatic cancer. (more…)

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IBD Is No Fun

IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease. It involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. Two primary conditions we see patients for are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis causes long-lasting inflammation and sores, or ulcers, in the innermost lining of your colon and rectum. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract lining and this inflammation often spreads deep into affected tissues. (more…)

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The Real Facts on Diarrhea

“Diarrhea” may be one of the most misused terms by patients, second only to “migraines.” Patients will often complain of “diarrhea” when the stool is not as formed or when there is an increased frequency of bowel movements. When medical professionals are using the term diarrhea, they are referring to the liquid stool, which may be related to an increase in bowel frequency. It is an excess of stool water. Diarrhea is a symptom and not a disease. There are abundant diseases that are manifested as diarrhea. (more…)

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Constipation

Constipation: An Uncomfortable but Important Topic

Bowel movements are not always a comfortable topic to discuss, but it is important to address and understand it. I often say that constipation is rarely life-threatening, but does quite frequently interfere with the quality of your life. Did you know that about 16% of adults overall and 33% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from constipation? Since it is such a common issue for many patients, let’s start by first understanding what constipation is and isn’t. (more…)

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Dr. Sears explains what he liked about the community he serves.

New Look, Same Exceptional Care

One of the things that Digestive Health Specialists is most proud of is that we have clinics and procedure centers in various cities across the Piedmont-Triad. We understand the importance of being in your communities and the convenience of having care close to home. Being at these locations also helps us understand our patients and we are better able to help. Our physicians and our staff live in the communities they service and are proud to provide exceptional care to their friends and neighbors. That is why the slogan at Digestive Health Specialists in “Caring for you, Close to home.” (more…)

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Gastroparesis slows the digestion of food.

Gastroparesis Signs & Symptoms

Nausea, vomiting, bloating, bad heartburn, feeling full all the time – these are all signs of gastroparesis, or delayed stomach emptying. In gastroparesis, the things people eat and drink don’t move through their stomach as quickly as they should. This causes a sensation of fullness and nausea after eating. (more…)

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IBD Article, importance of nutrition

IBD: Nutrition & Lifestyle

As the old adage goes, “an apple a day…” Does an apple a day keep IBD under bay? Let’s delve into what we know about inflammatory bowel disease when it comes to nutrition and lifestyle. IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and Nutrition: The main thing to remember is that there is no single common diet suitable for all patients with inflammatory bowel disease. The general consensus from the International Organization for the Study of IBD advises patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) who are in remission (meaning that their disease is under control with medications) to consume a diet composed of healthy carbohydrates, fats, and protein. (more…)

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Gas belching and flatulence

Top 5 Digestive Problems that Affect Men

June is Men’s Health Month and we want to bring attention to gastrointestinal conditions that affect a large number of men. Belching, Bloating, and Flatulence Belching, bloating, and flatulence occurs when swallowed air is accumulated in the stomach. The air can either be belched out or can be passed out of the stomach into the small intestine and then passed as rectal gas (flatus). (more…)

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