Like many others, I have tried the probiotic yogurts that are touted to help the digestive system. Putting these microbes in your system can be good. But what I found interesting is that having the wrong type of bacteria can actually have a negative influence your weight. “A growing stack of research suggests that the mysterious, microscopic ‘zoo’ in your digestive system plays a role in how slim – or pudgy – you are,” Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz wrote in the Houston Chronicle . Noting that these bacteria often are found in intestines, the doctors described the positive role of probiotics: “They break down food, help you absorb certain nutrients, keep your immune system firing on all cylinders and fend off invaders that can cause a nasty case of the runs. They even can protect against stomach ulcers and urinary tract infections, and can ease irritable bowel syndrome.” R...
A friend recently called my attention to an on-line Scientific American article titled " Your Intestines Can Taste Sugar ".
Wow; I had thought the taste buds were in one's mouth, not one's gut! However, the more I looked at the story, the less I was impressed with gut-tasting-sugar concept, and the more I was impressed with the creativity of press agents promoting another me-too diabetes drug in development; in this case, another tweak on extended-release metformin.
Metformin has been one of the mainstay drugs in the treatment of type 2 diabetes for many years, and is frequently recommended to start at the time of initial diagnosis. Extended-release versions have long been available under trade names such as Glucophage XR (XR stands for extended release, not X-Ray: get it?). The extended-release version releases the drug more slowly, which helps decrease the gastrointestinal side effects of diarrhea and belly pain. And once-daily dosing is easier to handle then three-times...
A colon resection is a surgical procedure that removes part or all of the large intestine. This may be necessary in the treatment of some serious medical conditions including colon cancer . Your doctor(s) may also recommend colon resection for a variety of other conditions including:
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Actively bleeding arteriovenous (AV) malformations
Sound like getting part or all of your large intestine is a major deal? It is. But you can help achieve best outcomes, and get back to your old routine more quickly, if you plan ahead, communicate with your team, and recruit a great support network.
Good questions to ask your healthcare team as you begin to prepare for surgery include:
• What should I do to prepare for surgery? Should I be following any special diet? Quitting smoking?
• Will my insurance cover all parts of my treatment (surgery, anesthesia, hospitalization, etc)?
• If not, how much will this cost and do you offer...
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