What are gastrointestinal problems?
Gastrointestinal problems are associated with eating, digestion and getting rid of waste. Gastrointestinal problems range from mild to severe, and can cause much discomfort and frustration.
How common are gastrointestinal problems?
Gastrointestinal problems affect men and women of all ages, but tend to be more common in women. Common problems include constipation, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, gastroenteritis, colitis and IBS. These problems are common symptoms of many digestive disorders but can also exist without underlying disease.
How can gastrointestinal problems be prevented?
Most common gastrointestinal problems can be prevented by a well-balanced diet, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, not smoking, and minimising stress. It can also help to eat slowly, drinking plenty of fluids, and having good posture whilst eating.
How are gastrointestinal problems treated?
Minor problems are easily treatable and simple adjustments in lifestyle are often recommended. Medications can also be taken to relieve minor problems, like antacids and H2 blockers. More serious disorders may require a course of antibiotics and sometimes surgery.
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