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What is diverticulosis?

Published on: 5 Jan, 2020
You had a colonoscopy, and your doctor told you that you have diverticulosis. What does that mean? What causes diverticulosis, what are the symptoms, and what can you do to help prevent complications? 
 
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Exercise and colon cancer risk

Published on: 1 Dec, 2019
The many benefits of regular exercise have long been established - lower risk of cardiovascular problems, lower cholesterol levels, lower risk of falls, increased muscle strength and endurance, stronger bones and joints, increased energy levels, and better sleep, among others. A new study now shows that a pattern of lifelong exercise also reduces the risk of developing adenomatous polyps, which are a precursor to colon cancer.
 
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The low-FODMAP diet: What you need to know

Published on: 7 Nov, 2019
FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. These are short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in some people; as a result, these people may experience gas, abdominal pain and bloating. A low FODMAP diet may help relieve some of these symptoms. 
 
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H. pylori: What is it?

Published on: 1 Oct, 2019
When you come in for a gastroscopy, your doctor may tell you that biopsies will be taken in your stomach to rule out h. pylori. What is h. pylori, what are the signs and symptoms, and how is it treated?
 
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Gut health and 10 ways to improve it

Published on: 3 Sep, 2019
A healthy digestive tract houses many microorganisms such as viruses, yeast, and bacteria.  Some microorganisms are beneficial, even essential, while others can be harmful, especially when they multiply. Maintaining the correct balance of the these microorganisms is vital for physical and mental health, immunity, and more. 
 

Gut microbiome and diet quality

Published on: 7 Aug, 2019
New studies have shown that a high quality diet may help increase beneficial bacteria in the gut, while a low quality diet can increase the number of harmful bacteria.
 
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Hemorrhoids: What to know

Published on: 7 Jul, 2019
Hemorrhoids are swollen and irritated veins around the rectum and the anus that can cause pain and make everyday activities uncomfortable or challenging. Hemorrhoids sometimes last only a few days, but in some people they can reoccur on a regular basis. Some people may need medications or medical procedures to help shrink their hemorrhoids and to manage discomfort. 

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