Our Gastroenterology Blog

Posts for: August, 2019

Ulcerative Colitis is a fairly common condition in Gastroenterology. The main issue with this disorder is the inflammation that it is known to cause in the colon. It is a form of Inflammatory bowel disease that mirrors Chron's disease. In your normal colon, it carries the function of removing nutrient from food that is not digested to then remove the waste products from the rectum in the form of feces. The more severe the inflammation is on the lining of the colon, the more likely ulcers may form which can bleed. This can cause pus and mucus to form. Ulcerative Colitis is usually accompanied by diarrhea. Feces become very loose, and is accompanied by stomach pain and a strong urge to pass a stool. The severity of the diarrhea associated with (UC) is directly correlated with the extent and spread of inflammation. 

Some other common symptoms tied to this health condition include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Anemia
  • Dehydration 
  • Fever

Symptoms tend to be at their worst state during the morning hours.

If you're wondering, what can of diet could help lessen the symptom, that includes the following:

  •  eating 5-6 smaller, more regular meals
  •  staying hydrated with water 
  •  avoid coffee or other caffeinated beverages (raises risk of diarrhea)
  •  avoid alcohol (raise risk of diarrhea)
  • avoiding soda, can increase gas
  •  Using a journal to log the foods that may be worsening your symptoms


The following 4 diets are suggested in the medical community to address this condition:

  • Low salt diet
  • Low fat diet
  • Lactose-free diet
  • Low fiber diet


It may be helpful to consume supplements or particular foods from your diet. But if you are unsure about your alternatives, please consult with your physician to develop a viable plan. 


As you can probably imagine...stress is detrimental to our health esp., in the Digestive tract. The impact it has on our stomach can cause more than a mild case of indigestion. This is widely attributed due to the complex connection of the brain to the Digestive system. Our digestive health is highly influenced by our moods. In specific, stress is linked to specific health conditions such as Heartburn and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Sometimes we tend to underestimate how stress can affect our Digestive health. To put this more into perspective, the Stomach has many more nerve endings than the entire Spinal Cord, which has led medical professionals across the world to consider this area of the digestive tract as the "mini brain."

As stated by (Woolston, 2019), "a highway of nerves run directly from the real brain to the digestive system, and messages flow in two directions."  What makes this connection even more mind-boggling is the fact that 95% of the serotonin (hormone that controls mood) our bodies produce, is found in the digestive system...not the brain. There are specific reasons as to why our digestive system is particularly in frequent communcation with the brain. When we are stressed, the human body is uniquely configured to focus on things that keep us alive. Our Digestive system has the tendency to release specific hormones when consistently under stress. It tends to release a constant flow of CRH or corticotropin releasing hormone so that the body tells the adrenal gland to release steroids and you guessed it...adrenaline! This explains the mental exhaustion that proceeds a long-term stressful situation after adrenaline wears off in the human body. In addition, CRH can either suppress or raise appetite. This prove that people have distinct reactions to stress, so there is no way to say for sure how specific situations can alter digestion. So the moral of this blog is the following: pracitce sound lifestyle choices that promote healthy digestion so you can live well. 

Like many forms of cancer, colorectal cancer (cancers of the colon and rectum) are most treatable when detected as early as possible. In Colonoscopyfact, many cases of colon cancer can be prevented through early detection of pre-cancerous polyps in the colon. A colonoscopy is a screening test designed to detect polyps and abnormalities in the colon (the large intestine) before they can potentially develop into colon cancer. The gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando offer diagnostic testing and treatment for colon cancer and other diseases of the digestive system.


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Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer for both men and women in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. Some people are at a higher risk of colorectal cancers due to factors like family history among others. Adults with a normal or average risk profile for colon and rectal cancers are advised to begin screenings between ages 45 and 50 (people considered at high risk may need to begin screening earlier).


What a Colonoscopy Can Do

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic test that allows a gastroenterologist (a doctor that specializes in diseases and illnesses of the digestive system) to take pictures and look inside your colon for lesions and potentially pre-cancerous growths known as polyps. The test is performed on an outpatient basis at the doctor's office using an instrument called a colonoscope, a thin flexible tube equipped with a camera that allows the doctor to examine the entire colon and rectum for any abnormalities.

If suspicious-looking tissue or polyps are found during a colonoscopy, they can be removed at the same time and sent for testing (biopsy), making the procedure an important tool in preventing colon cancer before it can grow and spread to other tissue and organs.


Find a Gastroenterologist in Orlando, FL

For more information about colon health and cancer screenings, contact Digestive and Liver Center of Florida today by calling (407) 384-7388 to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist today.

H. Pylori infections are quite common across the globe. It is more frequent and acquired earlier in countries that are poverty-stricken and less developed. This is a type of bacteria that causes an infection in the stomach. It is usually attributed to peptic ulcers, and can also lead to both gastritis and stomach cancer. Approximately 30-40% of people in the United States acquire this infection. Many experience this in their childhood. Normally, H. Pylori does not cause symptoms, but it can break down the inner protective lining in the stomach of some patients causing inflammation. Research is still ongoing on how the bacteria spreads.

Their is belief that it can spread. by unclean food and/or water. Another manner in which it can spread to a person is via contact with an infected person's saliva or other bodily fluids. If you happen to have symptoms of a peptic ulcer, contact your healthcare provider to check if H.Pylori is present. There are blood, breath, and stool tests available to detect the presence of H. Pylori. In certain cases, you may need an Upper (EGD) Endoscopy, accompanied by a biopsy to get the most accurate results. If you have a peptic ulcer, the treatment is usually a combination of antibiotics and acid-lowering medications. Once treatment is completed,  a follow-up appointment is made to get tested once more to ensure that the infection is gone.