Constance Pietrzak, M.D.

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Constance Pietrzak, M.S., M.D., is a gastroenterologist with Advocate Medical Group in Chicago. Through her work with HealthCentral, she strives to expand knowledge on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Follow Constance on Facebook and Twitter for timely updates on IBD, and more.

Latest by Constance Pietrzak, M.D.

A Healthy Gut Need Not Be Expensive

Learn ways to keep costs low when caring for your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Vitamins and Minerals: Are You Getting Enough?

Gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders may affect how vitamins and minerals are absorbed, resulting in nutritional deficiencies and the need for supplements.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and the Holidays

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), often referred to as acid reflux, is the passage of gastric contents into the esophagus. The stomach contents are very acidic, and when they pass into the esophagus, result in a burning sensation in the esophag...

The Importance of Talking With Your Doctor About Digestive Issues

Good communication with your physician is extremely important in your health care. When it comes to gastrointestinal issues, some people find it difficult or embarrassing to discuss symptoms openly. A recent survey supported by the American Gastroent...

Probiotics and Ulcerative Colitis

The gastrointestinal tract contains millions of tiny bacteria, which are beneficial and necessary for health. One way gut bacteria can be altered in a beneficial way is through the use of probiotics.

Ask the Gastro: The Need to Know's on Gas and Bloating

Settle your worries and your stomach - our expert gastroenterologist weighs on how to beat the bloat.

How to Eat When You Have Ulcerative Colitis

If you’ve been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, the good news is that you’re aren’t necessarily condemned to a life of pain. Symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and possible intestinal bleeding – all of which are hard to stomach – can indeed ...

Proton Pump Inhibitors and Heart Disease

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications commonly used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Common Conditions Related to IBD

Living with IBD may put a person at higher risk for one of these conditions.

The Hidden Side Effects of Acid Reflux Meds

In the long term, taking PPIs can lead to some concerning side effects.