By Christopher Cutler, M.D.  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 10-15% of adults in the United States.  It is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits.  IBS is usually treated with dietary modifications and medications directed at underlying symptoms (diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating).  Patients may also receive benefit […]

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Belching, bloating, and flatulence: Any of these symptoms can be embarrassing, leading to unwanted noises, abdominal discomfort, and general malaise. Occasionally experiencing these symptoms is normal, but if symptoms become excessive or too frequent, they can negatively impact your life. Belching occurs when excess air is swallowed, causing the stomach to become too full. Flatulence […]

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OVERVIEW Lactose is the sugar found in milk and dairy products such as cheese and yogurt. After eating dairy products that contain this sugar, usually lactase, a digestive enzyme of the small intestine, helps to breakdown this complex sugar into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose. These simple sugars are then absorbed in the small […]

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April 11, 2017

By J. David Schmidt, M.D. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) represents a group of symptoms that cause a significant number of people to seek medical attention every year. It is estimated that 10-15% of North Americans suffer from IBS, and it is by far the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the second most […]

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June 23, 2016

By Peter Loftus View Original Article People suffering from a common but tough-to-treat gut disorder called IBS are discovering a growing set of treatment alternatives. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two new drugs in the past year for the disorder, known as irritable bowel syndrome, which involves chronic diarrhea, constipation or both, […]

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), IBS, and IBD may worsen with raw vegetables, whole grains, and high-fructose fruits.  In some cases, a healthy diet assists in weight loss, therefore decreasing symptoms of the aforementioned gastrointestinal disorders.  For some, however, the symptoms could worsen with a healthier diet because the body may have a harder time digesting […]

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