Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects as many as one in five people at some point in their life. The exact cause isn’t known but it is believed to be related to increased sensitivity of the gut and problems digesting food. This causes abdominal pain and can result in the food passing too slowly or too quickly…Read more
Living with inflammatory bowel disease can be challenging. The term refers to two conditions – ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease – which share very similar symptoms.
A hernia develops when fatty tissue or an organ pushes through a weak point in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue, causing a bulge under the skin. Hernias are very common, particularly over the age of 50, and they don’t always cause problems, in fact, you might not even know you have one.
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,…Read more
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…Read more