So you have stomach pain, ulcers, heartburn, reflux, constipation or other digestive disorders? You aren’t alone. Digestive disorders are on increase. Our sedentary lifestyle, convenience foods and rich living mean there is an increase in stomach complaints. Often, no need for alarm, the discomfort is quite intense, so what can you do about it?
Dr. Ganesh Bhat, Medeor 24×7 Hospital Dubai, says following a consultation, and if advised by the doctor, patients can get the urea blood test for only AED 100.
The gastroenterologist said “You wouldn’t find a lot of people talking about this, but having digestive issues is very common amongst people. Some digestive diseases are severe, lasting only for short period, while others are chronic and long lasting. Common digestive diseases include Constipation, Food Intolerance, Ulcers, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hemorrhoids and pancreatitis amongst others. Symptoms may include bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, and stomach cramps. Many factors can be attributed to these digestive disorders such as lack of a high fibre diet, eating large quantities of dairy products, frequent changes in daily routine or lot of traveling, not enough exercise and stress. “
Dr. Bhat further added, “In order to address the gastrointestinal disorders, we at Medeor 24×7 ran a week long campaign in April to help people fight digestive diseases. As part of the campaign we offered a free consultation to patients suffering from any digestive disorders. This campaign is also a platform for us to create awareness about common digestive disorders, their symptoms and how to cure them. It’s important to be aware and to identify specific digestion problems and consulting with a gastroenterologist can definitely go a long way in fighting such severe digestive illnesses.”
Immediate Changes to Make
While there are medications and treatments to cure these digestive diseases, following simple steps like maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not taking too much stress can improve your digestive dilemma. “Eating a healthy high fibre diet and avoiding processed food helps improve your metabolism and reduces the chances of having any digestive disease. Fibre-rich foods help in preventing bloating, gas, and diarrhea. It is also advisable to eat several small meals throughout the day to prevent the sudden bowel contractions that large meals can cause. While it’s important to eat right it’s equally important to stay well hydrated. Drinking adequate amount of water helps prevent dehydration and also helps keep stools soft but solid and well-formed. Additionally, avoid drinking beverages such as coffee or alcohol as they aggravate the dehydration. Also, avoid taking too much stress as stress can sometimes magnify your digestive problems” advised Dr.Ganesh.
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