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What is NAFLD?

Healthy livers filter blood, regulate sugar levels and blood clotting, and perform hundreds of other vital functions. But, these functions can be affected when there is fat in the liver. When there is excess fat in the liver, this can lead to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease or NAFLD. NAFLD is a disease where there is excess fat stored in the liver not caused by alcohol use. There are two types of NAFLD: (more…)

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Reaching Out to Spanish-Speakers

Language barriers can lead to significant inequalities in health care access. This can be because they received worse-quality inpatient care and outpatient preventive services, had limitations accessing care, or forgo getting the much-needed care. And although having a phone interpreting service is helpful and economically viable for healthcare practices, it does not compare to having staff on hand that speak the language and understand the cultural needs of our Spanish-speaking patients. (more…)

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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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05.2021 Women's Health

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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