By Dr. Rajesh Kumar Sharma, General Physician
Your digestive organs together comprise one of the most important systems in your body. You have to be very careful about everything in your body as sometimes the most common digestive disorders, having the most common symptoms, can be seriously threatening as well. A number of different health issues can be related to problems with your digestive system, therefore you need to be very careful about your health and track any symptom which indicates a digestive disorder.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome -
According to various studies, around 10-15% of the population faces the problem of irritable bowel syndrome in their lives, with almost twice as many women than men. This usually happens when there is a change in the functioning of the GI tracts. Constipation and diarrhea both can be observable problems in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, cramping and other discomforts can be symptoms of IBS.
Celiac Disease -
One of the most common diseases which affect around 2 million people in the US alone is Celiac Disease. This disease manages to damage the small intestine and also intrudes in the process of absorbing nutrients from the food. People affected by this disease are usually intolerant of various food products like wheat and barley among other items. Seizures, fatigues, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain and more can be symptoms of celiac disease.
Crohn’s Disease -
Crohn’s disease is categorized under inflammatory bowel disease. This disease can affect any part of the GI tract ranging from the mouth to the anus. The reason for Crohn’s disease is largely unknown but observing symptoms like abdominal pain, skin rashes, diarrhea, and inflammation of the eye, weight loss, fever and more should be immediately checked by the doctors. People who smoke tobacco are two times more likely to develop this disease than those who do not smoke tobacco.
Women are more likely to get affected by gastroparesis than men as the process of emptying food from the stomach to the small intestine is slowed down and this is already a slow process in the case of women. Diabetes along with intestinal surgery and nervous system diseases are often the cause of this problem. Pain in the stomach, lack of appetite, bloating of the abdominal region are all symptoms of this disorder. This disorder can be a chronic disease in many cases and immediate diagnosis and treatment are suggested in observing the symptoms.