Summer is here and there is a lot to do when the weather is this beautiful outside, family picnics, enjoying the beach, endless hours on the golf course, or even spending time in your backyard enjoying a barbeque. But unfortunately, too much fun in the sun can be dangerous to your body. Excessive heat exposure can cause dehydration, which in turn can wreak havoc on your digestive system. (more…)
Tag Archives | gastroenterology
I have been working in GI for a long time now and find that over the years there has been quite a lot of confusion when it comes to diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Most people think that every time you have pain in the abdomen it is “diverticulitis” flaring up. They do their best to avoid seeds and nuts and have avoided popcorn at the movies for years! There are dietary misconceptions that have been perpetuated by the medical community as a whole for many years and even today. This short posting will hopefully help to define these conditions, how they develop and how to treat them when they occur and will address the question of dietary restrictions. (more…)
The pancreas is an organ in the left and middle part of the upper abdomen which makes hormones and digestive enzymes to help break down food. The pancreas helps us break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into smaller molecules that can be absorbed by the body. It also secretes insulin to help sugar get into the cells for energy. When the pancreas becomes irritated, this is called “pancreatitis.” (more…)
Pancreatic Cancer is certainly a newsworthy topic as it gets a lot of attention when it affects a common household name such as Alex Trebek, the long-time host of Jeopardy! (Other famous people who were unfortunate enough to have this diagnosis were Aretha Franklin, Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, Alan Rickman, Michael Landon, and others) Of course, even more devastating, would be anyone that you know personally – which most of us have. (more…)
Hemorrhoids are swollen or enlarged veins in the lower rectum. Most commonly, patients with hemorrhoids can experience rectal bleeding, itching, and/or rectal pain. You may have some discomfort in the rectum, and feel a “bulge” outside of your anus if the hemorrhoids are prolapsed or external. Symptoms can also include stool “leaking” because it can interfere with the tightening of the sphincter.