Common Digestive Systems
digestive system's job is to take the food or liquid
which has been swallowed and turn them into the energy
and nutrients which are necessary for a properly
functioning body. The parts which are not needed are then converted into waste and expelled out of the system though the colon. Whenever this process runs into a difficulty of some sort, the individual will experience
one of the numerous digestive system
All digestive diseases are a bit different, so it is important
to figure out what exactly is causing the symptoms and why.
Often people ignore their bodies and this can cause long term effects which can be easily
avoided by receiving the correct diagnostic tests and maybe
diets to support the digestive system and lining of the stomach with fiber or medication. A healthy individual needs to have a bowel movement
Digestive System Diseases
Duodenal and Stomach
Ulcers are also commonly known as
lesions or sores and in this instance they appear on the lining within the stomach
area. The name tends to confuse people as the gastric
ulcer, stomach ulcer and
duodenal ulcer are phrases which although thrown
randomly throughout a conversation by a doctor, all boil down to the same exact thing.
Some of the causes of
the ulcer formation are a person's diet, stress levels
and overall lifestyle. Although these have a great
influence on the probability of a person getting an ulcer, they are not a direct cause. The scientific community has discovered
that it is the pepsin and the hydrochloric acid within the stomach contribute
directly to the formation of a peptic ulcer inside the
body. They may lead to bleeding in the digestive
Gas in the Digestive
which occurs in the digestive tract is caused by the process
of breaking down certain foods and the bacteria present in
them as well as the intake of large amounts of air into the stomach. All people have gas at one time or another, but when the symptoms are reoccurring or combined with pain or constipation, they
are definitely worth looking into. On average a person will pass gas about 14
times every day through the rectum, and produce between one and three pints of gas a
Rectal and Colon
rectal cancer are both commonly known as
colorectal cancer. Most often this kind of cancer
(malignant cell) is found in the rectum or colon region within
the body. The colon along with the rectum make up the large intestine. Since the rectal and colon cancer
share many traits, the name given to both (colorectal cancer)
of them is a combination of both.
This is also the number two leading cause of the death of
individuals in the United States. Although the number of new cases has decreased, this is more in part due to the
polyp removal procedures and sigmoidoscopic screening, rather than lifestyle change.
Increased frequency of stool along with watery stool are both
counted as diarrhea. These have to be looked at in relation to the normal sample in each individual. A short term
bout can be brought on by a viral, bacterial infection or the wrong food but a long term one will usually point to
an intestinal disease or a functional disorder of the digestive tract.
Acid Reflux /
reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease
(GERD) is brought on by food and acid flowing back up into the
esophagus and throat of the person. The acid burns the lining and triggers nerves, and this painful inflammation of
the esophagus is known as heartburn. The reflux can be due to eating the wrong food, high acidity, low acidity as
well as certain medication, or strain during exercise.
The most common term for stomach cancer is gastric
cancer, and it effects about 20,000 of people living in the states (based on statistics collected in 2001.) Most of the people which are suffering from
it are in their golden years.
Most of the causes and factors that contribute to the
development of gastric cancer are both the Helicobacter pylori
infection as well as a diet which is made up of large portions of smoked foods, salty produce and
fish, meals low in fiber and high in starch,
anything pickled, and other sources that contain large quantities of nitrites and nitrates.
inflammation which can eventually lead to cell damage within the liver. The main two types of the
hepatitis condition are labeled as chronic and acute but there are six different types of the
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
disorder is a cuase of a lot of pain in the individuals afflicted with it. Some of the most common
symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) are gassiness,
cramping, bloating, changes in bowel
habits as well as pain in the abdomen.
The causes of this syndrome are currently unknown, but some
research suggests that it could be correlated to food
allergies, immune system failure or some
other kind of intolerance.
An inflammation of the puches (diverticula) that lies in the intestine, either the colon or large intestine. Most
often the illness happens in the sigmoid colon, which is the curved part, closest to the rectum. The majority of
cases happen outside of the United States, in countries, whose diet is lower in fiber.
Diverticular disease occurs when pouches
(diverticula) in the intestine, usually the large intestine or
colon, become inflamed. Most diverticula occur in the sigmoid
colon, the curved part of the large intestine closest to the rectum, and they tend to become
more numerous as we age. As many as 80% of the sufferers of an
inflammation of the intestine have no symptoms and so it is a hard disease to diagnose without proper medical
A number of diseases fall in this category and all require a
medical professional to diagnose and treat.
- Diversion colitis
- Collagenous colitis
- Lymphocytic colitis
- Indeterminate colitis
- Ischaemic colitis
- Behcet's disease
Many people suffer from lactose intolerance, which is caused by an enzyme within the body known as
lactase. This enzyme is necessary for the proper of digestion of lactose by the body. The lactose is a sugar that
can be located in milk, and other processed milk products. Both children and
adults can suffer from this intolerance.
Some of the most common symptoms are:
nausea, gas, bloating,
diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping. If large amounts of milk are consumed the pain may increase
dramatically for those with the intolerance.