One thing that most travel brochures fail to mention is just how common it is to get constipation while you’re away. A combination of irregular meals, unfamiliar toilets, tiredness and being on the move can play havoc with your digestive system and it can be annoying to find your longed-for holiday marred by feeling heavy,…
Are you one of the thousands of people with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome who don’t seek help? If so, you may be suffering needlessly as there are treatments that a GP can prescribe that may provide relief but you need to make an appointment to be able to access this help.
Bowel incontinence is a common problem, but it is one that very few people are prepared to talk about. In fact, there is so much embarrassment and stigma around the issue that nearly half of people with the condition wait at least five years before seeking help.
To mark Men’s Health Week (10-16 June) we are considering the benefits for men of bowel cancer screening and asking whether attending for a colonoscopy could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
Patients in England, Wales and Northern Ireland experience unnecessary stress and worry due to delays in bowel cancer diagnosis and treatment, says a new report coordinated by Cancer Research UK. Such delays could even affect the outcome of treatment warn researchers, who published their findings in BMJ Open.
The links between smoking and lung damage are well documented, but smoking also damages other organs in the body, including the gastrointestinal tract.
Gut instinct, listen to your gut, gut feeling… Our language is peppered with references to our digestive system and the importance of listening to what it is telling us. But how many of us actually do pay attention to our gut and what it’s trying to say? It’s World Digestive Health Day so what better time…
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It is not a food intolerance or allergy, but a serious condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues if you eat gluten. The result is damage to the…
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. Around 42,000 people are diagnosed with the condition every year. If someone in your family is diagnosed with bowel cancer or has had the disease, understandably you may be worried about developing it yourself.
Half of all people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) suffer from insomnia. Many report being woken from sleep by abdominal pain, often several times during the night, and unsurprisingly they say they wake in the morning feeling tired and not rested.