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Americans are notorious for spending outrageous amounts on laxatives and other remedies in their battle against chronic constipation. Product producers estimated that at least $725 million is expended yearly on the problem that plagues so many people. Women are two to three times more likely than men to encounter more problems with constipation because we have a slower transit time through our digestive system. Our intestinal tract is also longer. And there seems to be a hormonal correlation because women who are pregnant or post-menopausal report more problems than others. Apparently, estrogen helps with regulation, but this is not scientifically verified. Regardless of what's been tried, the most effective answers lie in behavioral strategies - activity and foods. Let's just review the foods that work and the ones that remain largely unproven.
The most important answer is to build a higher percentage of one's daily intake of food from plant foods...
Spastic colon; Irritable colon; Mucous colitis; Spastic colitis
Symptoms range from mild to severe. Most people have mild symptoms. Symptoms vary from person to person.
Abdominal pain, fullness, gas, and bloating that have been present for at least 6 months are the main symptoms of IBS. The pain and other symptoms will often:
Occur after meals
Come and go
Be reduced or go away after a bowel movement
People with IBS may switch between constipation and diarrhea, or mostly have one or the other.
People with diarrhea will have frequent, loose, watery stools. They will often have an urgent need to have a bowel movement, which is difficult to control.
Those with constipation will have difficulty passing stool, as well as less frequent bowel movements. They will often need to strain and will feel cramping with a bowel movement. Often, they do not eliminate any stool, or only a small amount.
For some pe...
Questions, problems, and issues that confront my patients on a daily basis often inspire my blogs. Hypoglycemia is on everyone's list of concerns during a visit. Unfortunately, unintended low blood sugars are here to stay until a true artificial pancreas is developed in which a glucose sensor is "married" to an insulin pump. In this scenario, the sensor will provide information to the pump continuously and insulin will be given (or not) appropriately. We are not there yet; so we need to make do with options that are available now. These include blood glucose meters, continuous glucose sensors, monitors for sounds (baby monitors etc.), and hypoglycemia trained animals.
Firstly, let's define hypoglycemia . We all talk about it and each of you has experienced a hypoglycemic episode. In general, most diabetes experts define hypoglycemia as blood sugars less than 70 mg/dl. However, it is important to realize that in smaller children and infants, lows may be considered to be less than...
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