7 October is Colostomy Awareness Day. To mark this we are looking at what it means to live with a colostomy and what support is available. Finding out you need to have a colostomy can be a daunting prospect. You are bound to experience fears and concerns. But the procedure is surprisingly common and you might…Read more
Only 24% of people with Coeliac Disease have received a diagnosis, according to Coeliac UK. That means there are currently more than half a million people walking around with the disease who are, as yet, unaware.
If your digestive system is not functioning to the best of it’s ability, it can leave you feeling quite unwell, bloated, in pain, and low on energy. It may even be affecting your social life if symptoms are preventing you from meeting up with friends or attending family functions. How can you change simple lifestyle…Read more
Migraines can be debilitating. Stress is often indicated as one of the primary contributing factors but what is less well-known is the link between migraine and diet. As this week is Migraine Awareness Week (3rd to 9th September 2017) we cover about the links between migraine and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Hernias occur when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in a muscle or tissue, usually causing a lump in the skin. They are fairly common and most cause no pain and many can be left untreated. However, there are certain types of hernia that can become life threatening It is therefore…Read more
In the UK, the NHS have for many years promoted their “5-a-day” message when it comes to the recommended consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables needed to maintain optimum health and help prevent disease. Earlier this year, a study showed the 10 is better than 5 in reducing many types of disease, including cancer. However,…Read more
Bowel cancer is certainly more common in people over 50, with approximately 90% of cases in over 60 year olds. However 2,500 people under age 50 are diagnosed in the UK each year. This number is expected to grow too, as a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle become more prevalent in today’s society. Many…Read more
If you are fed up with IBS symptoms putting a downer on your social life, it is time to take action. It is understandable that you may feel anxious to leave the house if your stomach is in knots and you may feel embarrassed if you keep having to run to the toilet when out…Read more
If you have an appointment for a colonoscopy exam there will be some preparation the day before, which your doctor will inform you of in advance. It is important to follow the guidelines as the preparation is required to ensure the results will be as accurate as possible. Having a basic understanding of the colonoscopy…Read more
Currently bowel cancer screening is offered by the NHS for anyone over the age of 60. However, if this age was reduced to 50, each year an additional 4,000 people would have the opportunity to be diagnosed earlier, therefore increasing their chance of survival. Screening is a more robust method of diagnosis than via referral…Read more