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What is a Sigmoidoscopy?

What is a Sigmoidoscopy?

by Shearly (SU)
A sigmoidoscopy is procedure that allows your doctor to get a detailed view of the lower part of your colon and the inside of your rectum. The colon is another word for the large intestine, where food is further broken down for the body to absorb water and nutrients. The remaining waste is formed into stool where it exits the body through the rectum.

First Steps for Determining Gluten Sensitivity

First Steps for Determining Gluten Sensitivity

by Shearly (SU)
For millions of people, gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease are a daily struggle. Gluten is a protein that is a component of wheat, barley and rye. Because gluten is in so many of the things we normally eat, it’s often difficult to avoid without a focus and careful planning. Before you can avoid gluten, you need to find out what’s causing your symptoms. What are the first steps for determining gluten sensitivity?

Am I at Risk for Gallstones?

Am I at Risk for Gallstones?

by Shearly (SU)
Did you know that about one in 13 Americans – more than 25 million – are affected by gallbladder disease? The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located just below your liver whose purpose is to store bile. You see, your liver produces bile, a substance that enables your body to break down and absorb fats. Your gallbladder stores excess bile and releases it when you eat a meal containing fats that need to be digested.

Surprising Causes of Constipation

Surprising Causes of Constipation

by Shearly (SU)
There are few things more frustrating than being unable to have a normal bowel movement. Constipation can be very uncomfortable, causing hard stools that are difficult and painful to pass.

why would I need an upper endoscopy?

why would I need an upper endoscopy?

by Shearly (SU)
Abdominal or chest pain, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, difficulty swallowing – these are just some of the symptoms that call for the expert diagnosis of a gastroenterologist. But if your doctor recommends an upper endoscopy, you may find yourself asking: what is it and why do I need it?

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