When a liver problem is suspected, FibroScan testing may be recommended to assess the level of fat and scarring (fibrosis) in the liver.
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) results from a buildup of fat in the liver, and can cause cirrhosis and serious organ damage without care.
Left untreated, a fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis, a concerning health problem that causes scarring in the liver and can impair its function.
Some interesting facts that might get you thinking.
Each year 62 million Americans are diagnosed with a digestive disorder. The incidence and prevalence of most digestive diseases increase with age. Other exceptions include hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic liver disease, which occur more commonly among young and middle-aged adults.
Colon cancer is a malignancy that begins in the colon or large intestine. The large intestine is a long tube-like organ near the end of the digestive system. After food passes through the stomach and small intestine, the colon is responsible for removing fluid and some nutrients from the food you eat. The colon then pushes the remaining solid waste into the rectum where it can be expelled from the body.
Each year over 147,950 individuals are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States alone. While this statistic may sound scary, early detection and diagnosis is key to staying fit and healthy. One of the best methods for early detection and prevention is to get a colonoscopy. For those with gastrointestinal issues, it is even more important to stay in touch with their gastroenterologist and primary physician to manage the risk of colorectal cancer,
Knowing your risk factors for Colorectal Cancer is an important first step in staying healthy. In our October blog
, we provided an overview of the two key categories of risk factors for colorectal cancer. It is equally important to get regular screenings to reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Understanding the different types of screenings is also key. Staying in touch with your doctor and gastroenterologist is vital for early detection so that any symptoms can be tracked with your full medical history.
Colorectal cancer claims over 50,000 lives per year among adult men and women in the United States alone. While that statistic may seem scary, early screening and detection as well as determining your risk factors can help decrease your odds. Staying in touch with your primary physician and gastroenterologist is essential in managing your risk for colorectal cancer.
Cancer is a scary word. For those with GI issues, it can be even more unnerving, considering many of us have underlying risk factors that put us at greater risk. Here at DHAT, we want to walk you through the basics, from screening to treatment, in an effort to keep you informed up to date on GI issues you need to know to stay healthy.
As many are preparing to get their children back in school, whether in a school classroom or e-learning setting, it’s important to ensure arrangements are made in advance for those students suffering from GI issues. GI issues have become increasingly common in the US with over 80,000 children afflicted annually. That being said several steps can be taken to help ensure your student has a seamless transition and a successful school year.
People of all ages face liver disease. Both children and adults are diagnosed with hepatic diseases caused by viruses, substances or the body's own immune system. If caught early on, the liver can often heal itself and recovery. But when liver disorders aren't diagnosed quickly, the damage may be irreversible, thus requiring a liver transplant.
Hemorrhoids are sometimes described as varicose veins in the lower rectum or anus. They're very common, and almost three out of four adults will have them at some point during their lives. Hemorrhoids can be internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids are swollen veins that develop inside the rectum. External hemorrhoids are swollen veins under the skin around the anus.
You can experience differing symptoms depending on the location of your hemorrhoids. Signs and symptoms of external hemorrhoids can include:
Under the current constraints of social distancing, closings, and further efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Telemedicine is rapidly becoming more mainstream and will likely impact the way in which many physicians practice medicine going forward.
The holidays create many reasons for people to feel stressed: Buying and wrapping gifts, spending time with family, and mounting social obligations. Chances are if you’re feeling stressed about the holidays, or anything for that matter, you’re also feeling it in your digestive system. This is because the brain and the gut communicate with each other.
The holiday season is almost upon us. In just a few weeks, millions of families and friends across the US will share one of the most important things that brings people together over the holidays—food.
How Sugar Affects the Digestive System
We know that a diet high in sugar can contribute to health complications like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But eating too much sugar can also wreak havoc on your digestive system.
Although colonoscopy is the best defense against colorectal cancer, many people are nervous about the discomfort or the possibility of pain during the procedure, but fear of pain should not deter you from getting a colonoscopy.
Going back to school is a time of excitement and anticipation. But if your child has been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it can also be stressful. Inflammatory bowel disease is a term used for two gastrointestinal (GI) conditions — ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease — characterized by chronic inflammation and sores in the GI tract.
To many, summertime means cookouts, lemonade, and ice-cold beer. But if you’re part of the 18-28 percent of North Americans that suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, summertime can bring challenges to your social events. That’s because popular summertime foods can irritate GERD and make symptoms worse. Most people experience acid reflux every once in a while. But when acid reflux occurs twice or more a week, this could indicate GERD.
Having a colonoscopy done is a key step in preventing colon cancer. That’s why it’s important to choose the right specialist. A colonoscopy is considered an invasive procedure, so you should feel comfortable with your doctor and trust his/her ability to find possible signs of colon cancer in order to reduce your risk of disease progression. Here’s what to look for when searching for a colonoscopy doctor in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.