We all know smoking is bad news for our lungs, heart and blood vessels – but did you know cigarettes can damage your gut and digestive health too? From bowel cancer to IBS, here are five of the key ways smoking can negatively affect your digestive health. 1. Smoking could throw your gut bacteria off Read More
It’s no secret that, as a nation, we’re pretty sleep-deprived. According to the Sleep Council’s most recent Great British Bedtime Report, 30% of Brits sleep badly most nights – and there’s growing evidence that sleepless nights could be a particular issue for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Half of IBS sufferers struggle with insomnia Read More
Although fibre doesn’t contribute any nutrition to our diets, it is still important to make sure that you are eating enough of it. Dietary fibre plays an important role in maintaining our digestive health.
Bloating can be very uncomfortable, but it isn’t usually a sign of anything serious. However, if you experience bloating or other digestive symptoms frequently it is a good idea to see a doctor as it could be caused by a condition such as
A gastroscopy is a type of endoscopy that is used to look at your throat, stomach and upper intestine. It is one of the investigative procedures that your gastroenterologist London can perform to help diagnose your condition.
Chronic reflux or GORD can usually be treated without surgery or other procedures. However, if your symptoms haven’t responded to dietary changes and medication, it may be time to consider the alternatives for acid reflux treatment. One of the latest options is Stretta Therapy, which is a non-surgical procedure that can treat the cause of Read More
Barrett’s oesophagus is considered a pre-cancerous condition. Being diagnosed with Barrett’s oesophagus doesn’t mean that you have cancer or even that you will definitely go on to develop cancer. However, it does mean that you are at higher than normal risk of developing oesophageal cancer in the future. The abnormal cells in your oesophagus could Read More
SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is a relapsing and remitting condition that affects up to one in seven people in the general population. The hallmark of SIBO is that the small intestine becomes colonised with bacteria. These can cause a variety of symptoms, including: Bloating Abdominal discomfort Gas (flatulence) Diarrhoea Fatigue
If you’ve just been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, then it is likely that you will have heard the term aminosalicylates or ASAs from your doctor. Aminosalicylates are the most common choice for first line ulcerative colitis treatment, which means you are likely to be prescribed them after you are first diagnosed with IBD. ASAs are Read More
Talking to a doctor about your stools can feel a bit embarrassing, but your poo can provide valuable insights into your health. It is important to mention anything unusual that you’ve noticed about your stools, whether you’re visiting your doctor for diarrhoea treatment or something completely different