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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.

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How to Eat When You Have Ulcerative Colitis

Need tips on what to eat with UC? Learn how to avoid diary products such as milk, cheese, and butter, watch your fruit and veggies, and more in this article.

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Supplements

Probiotics and Ulcerative Colitis: What Do We Know?

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. Learn more about what they can do.

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Gastric

Are You Getting Enough Vitamins and Minerals?

Gastrointestinal tract disorders can change how vitamins and minerals are absorbed. Here's how to tell if you need supplements.

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Cost of Care

A Healthy Gut Need Not Be Expensive

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

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Nutrition

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and the Holidays

In an interview with Anthony Starpoli, M.D., a gastroenterologist in New York, we gained some insight on managing GERD in the holiday season.

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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...

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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.

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Proton Pump Inhibitors and Heart Disease

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

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Common Conditions Related to IBD

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

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The Hidden Side Effects of Acid Reflux Meds

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