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Month: March 2017

Diet and lifestyle changes can dramatically improve digestive symptoms…

…and decrease doctor visits! Fast food, chocolate, caffeine, and soda are just a few of the foods that aggravate GI symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and heartburn. Dietary changes can decrease symptoms (and GI doctor visits)! Ask us about the low FODMAP diet. Visit with our nurse practitioner to discuss how diet can affect acid reflux and bloating. Consider visiting with a dietician for specific dietary guidance in order to reduce GI symptoms. Visit www.myginutrition.com to learn about fermentable sugars and their affect on the digestive system and then call the office to discuss your symptoms.

Colon Cancer Incidence is Rising in Younger Adults

Routine screening colonoscopy decreases colon cancer mortality in those over 50 years old, but a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute highlights a disturbing trend…that young patients are being diagnosed with colon cancer at higher rates than they have in the past! And, they are being diagnosed at advanced stages. For example, people born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer compared to those born in 1950. Rectal cancer is four times more likely in the younger group. Young patients are being diagnosed at advanced stages because the disease is often not considered in the differential diagnosis when younger patients complain of symptoms, therefore the diagnosis is often delayed. At Gateway, we are aware of this disturbing trend and are happy to arrange appropriate testing so that colon cancer mortality does not increase in our young patients.

Bowel Preparation is the Most Important Aspect of Colon Cancer Prevention

Colonoscopy is most powerful when the bowel preparation is excellent! Did you know that colonoscopy is less effective (and less protective) when the bowel preparation isn’t done correctly? Colonoscopy is MOST EFFECTIVE when small polyps (6mm or less) can be seen clearly and removed. Small, flat polyps are difficult to see especially when there is residual stool in the colon at the time of screening colonoscopy. And, insurance companies may refuse payment for colonoscopy if it has to be repeated for an inadequate bowel preparation. Be sure to follow all of the recommendations for the bowel preparation and call the office with any questions.

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