1. You can take control of your GI conditions.
Diet and lifestyle are the primary initial treatment for many common GI disorders including acid reflux, fatty liver, and even chronic constipation. While it is often easier to reach for a medication to control various symptoms, focusing on dietary and lifestyle changes is a more effective long term plan, and prevents complications from these conditions. Changing our lifestyle can be harder than taking a medication everyday, but the long term benefit for our health is enormous.
2. Fiber and water are two essentials for digestive health.
A diet high in fiber helps regulate our bowels, and keeps us full so we are less tempted to snack between meals. A high fiber diet may also decrease the risk for certain GI conditions such as diverticulosis and colon cancer. It is important to drink lots of water when following a high fiber diet, or when taking a daily fiber supplement. Many people view fiber as a laxative, however, without enough water, it can bind us up leading to constipation.
3. Get screened!
Colon cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer deaths in the US. We are seeing colon cancer in younger individuals - even people in their 30's, which is very scary. Fortunately, there are screening tests that can identify colon cancer at an early stage. Better yet, a colonoscopy can prevent colon cancer, as it is the only test that allows for the detection and removal of precancerous polyps, that if left in place, might turn into colon cancer. Certain societies have recommended beginning screening at age 45, however some people need to be screened earlier due to a family history. Be proactive and seek out appropriate screening tests by contacting a gastroenterologist!
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About The Author
Dr. Jeremy Matloff, MD is a gastroenterologist at Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants in Guilford, Connecticut. Dr. Matloff earned his Medical Degree at Tufts University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society. He continued his training in internal medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and also served as chief resident. He stayed at Mount Sinai as a Fellow in Gastroenterology, where he was trained by the national leaders in the field. He has published on hereditary colon cancer syndromes, and has presented his work at national meetings. Dr. Matloff is well regarded for his personalized care of his patients, and understands the importance of the doctor patient relationship. His areas of expertise include Individuals at high risk for colorectal cancer, treatment of Hepatitis C, Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), gastroesophageal reflux disease, abdominal pain, celiac disease, food intolerance, gastrointestinal bleeding, and capsule endoscopy.