Gastro-Intestinal Diseases

Fructose Malabsorption – Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

What Is Fructose Malabsorption (FM)? A human intestine cannot absorb an unlimited amount of fructose, but most people can absorb 25-50 g of fructose per sitting (1). By definition, inability to absorb 25 g of fructose per sitting is considered as fructose malabsorption. Unabsorbed fructose may cause diarrhea and bloating. >> Read More ...

Itchy Rectum and Anus – Causes and Treatment

Itchy Rectum and Anus – Introduction Anal canal is the last, 2-4 cm long part of the large intestine that ends with the anal opening (anus). Rectum is about 12 cm long part of large intestine between sygmoid colon and anal canal. Picture of Rectum and Anal Canal Rectum lesions actually doesn’t itch (but may >> Read More ...

Weight Gain Diet Tips for Vegetarians

Nutrition Problems in Vegetarians Some vegetarians experience a problem with gaining weight and this is believed to be due to a vegetarian diet. It could be associated with a lower protein intake as well as a lower calorie intake, however, there may be other factors at play as well which do not involve a vegetarian diet.  >> Read More ...

Causes of Bloating and Gas (Flatulence)

Bloating Bloating is a sensation of ‘fullness’ and tightness within the abdomen. It may be accompanied by swelling of the abdomen (distension). Bloating due to the build up of gas within the gastrointestinal tract will often be relieved by belching or flatulence. Bloating should be differentiated from angina pectoris >> Read More ...

Chronic Constipation – Symptoms, Causes, Tests, Treatment

Constipation is a common bowel habit problem characterized by not passing stool at least three times in a week. Not every person will have a daily bowel movement but once the stool has not been evacuated after 3 days, it undergoes changes that makes it difficult to pass out. It cannot be simply treated with laxatives. >> Read More ...

Severe Constipation – Extreme Pain, Complications

Constipation is a common gastrointestinal condition where stool is passed infrequent (less than 3 times in a week) with the passage of hard stool and where there is straining to have a bowel movement. Although constipation is not usually seen as a serious medical condition, it can lead to complications and some of these >> Read More ...
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