Anemia is a condition that impacts the body’s ability to create healthy red blood cells. The red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to the various tissues and organs throughout the body. Anemia can be temporary or permanent depending on the specific type of anemia diagnosed.
This condition occurs when the lining of the esophagus transforms, taking on the texture and appearance similar to the lining of the small intestines. This condition commonly forms with people who suffer from ongoing GERD. This disease is an early indicator for esophageal cancer.
Biliary disease impacts the gallbladder and other systems in the body responsible for producing and moving bile throughout the body. Bile is necessary to help break down fatty substances. An early indicator of a serious biliary disease is an infection of the bile ducts or organs.
Considered a disease of the immune system, celiac disease occurs when a person is intolerant of gluten. This disease impacts the small intestine, slowly damaging the tissue over time. Early symptoms of the disease include gas, diarrhea, fatigue, or inflammation after eating foods that contain gluten.
This disease causes the digestive track to become inflamed. This can lead to severe diarrhea, weight loss, and abdominal pain. It is believed Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disease where the body reacts negatively toward naturally occurring bacteria in the digestive system.
Dysphagia is a generic term for people who have difficulty swallowing. This condition can take several forms including difficulty swallowing water, swallowing food, or simply choking or coughing when trying to swallow.
The gallbladder is located under the liver and is responsible for producing bile to help the body digest fatty substances. Gallbladder disease can refer to an infection, inflammation, a blockage, or gallbladder stones.
The gallbladder is responsible for creating bile that helps digest food. The bile created is usually transported to the liver for use, but sometimes the bile can become blocked in the gallbladder. Over time, the bile hardens creating gallstones which can lead to blockages in the gallbladder.
In this disease acid formed in the stomach and used to help digest food rises in the stomach and into the esophagus. This can take the form of acid reflux, commonly felt by people on occasion. If acid reflux occurs more than twice per week, it is commonly diagnosed as GERD.
This a generic term that usually refers to two different inflammatory diseases in the bowl, either Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. This blanket term refers to the general inflammation of the systems and tissues that make up the digestive track.
Unlike inflammatory bowel disease, IBS usually does not cause lesions or ulcers to form within the digestive track. IBS typically only involves the colon, where IBD can involve the intestines too.
The liver is a vital organ in the body responsible for working as a filter to eliminate fatty substances. There are several diseases that can impact the liver including infection, inflammation, and hepatitis.
Malabsorption occurs when a person is unable to absorb certain nutrients and minerals from food. This can impact the way the body functions and may require additives to supplement the lack of mineral absorption. Common malabsorption conditions include celiac disease and lactose intolerance.
There are many disorders and diseases that can impact that pancreas including acute, chronic, and hereditary pancreatitis. Pancreatic cancer is also a pancreatic disorder. Often, pancreatic disorders are difficult to diagnose due to the location and hidden nature of the pancreas.
This inflammatory bowel disease is a condition that typically impacts the inner most lining of the large intestine and colon. It causes ulcers and lesions to form on the lining of the intestines.