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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Top Doc: End Your Stomach Problems Now

1. Prevent Digestive System Cancers
1. Prevent Digestive System Cancers (Photo credit: TipsTimes)
Stomach problems are among the most common health complaints, but many people suffer in silence. Dr. Steven Lamm, author of the best-selling book No Guts, No Glory, says that many patients are embarrassed to talk about problems like constipation or irritable bowel syndrome, so they go untreated. And even when they do see a doctor, treatment is often unsuccessful.

Dr. Lamm is referring to two specific conditions — chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Although both disorders afflict men and women, more women suffer from them. IBS is a complex functional gastrointestinal disorder that presents with either constipation or diarrhea, or alternates between both. It also causes pain. Patients may first ignore their symptoms or blame stress and simply live with it, according to Dr. Lamm.
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