You’ve probably heard that old adage, “You are what you eat.” But it may go even further than that -- what you eat may actually affect your brain’s functioning. That news should make you stop and really think about what you’re putting on your plate (and into your mouth) if you’re someone (like me) who has a family history of dementia and wants to do everything possible to avoid this condition.
A new study out of the University of California, Los Angeles found that changes in gut bacteria that are caused by diet also can result in changes in brain function. This study involved 36 women who were between the ages of 18 and 55. The researchers divided the women into three groups. One group was asked to eat specific yogurt that contained a mix of several probiotics, which are bacteria that are believed to have a positive effect on the intestines. This group was asked to eat this type of yogurt two times daily over a four-week period. The second gro...
Definition Carcinoid syndrome is a group of symptoms associated with carcinoid tumors -- tumors of the small intestine, colon, appendix, and bronchial tubes in the lungs. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Carcinoid syndrome is the pattern of symptoms sometimes seen in people with carcinoid tumors. These tumors are rare, and often slow growing. About 70% of carcinoid tumors are found in the gastrointestinal tract. Carcinoid syndrome occurs in about 1 in 10 people with carcinoid tumors, usually after the tumor has spread to the liver or lung. These tumors release too much of the hormone serotonin , as well as several other chemicals that cause the blood vessels to open (dilate).
Changes in bowel movements can be concerning, but how do you know when and if you need to seek help?
A change in bowel movements can be a difficult problem to figure out. Everybody's gastrointestinal tract functions differently. While most people move their bowels one to two times a day, some people go three to four times a day, while others only once or twice a week. A change in the number or consistency of stool should alert you to see your physician.
Depending on your age, and other associated symptoms, a gastrointestinal evaluation may be warranted. If there is associated weight loss, abdominal pain or bleeding, an urgent evaluation with your physician is imperative. If not, you can attempt to see if the diarrhea resolves on its own. Over the counter antidiarrheals such as immodium or kaopectate can be taken to try to stop the diarrhea. If you are experiencing pain, or bleeding, check with your physician prior to taking any medications to stop diarrhea. You might hav...
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