World Digestive Health Day 2023: Digestive disorders affect millions of people around the world. Scroll down to find out more.
World Digestive Health Day is celebrated on May 29 each year around the world to raise awareness of the importance of digestive health and related disorders and issues that people face. This day was initiated by the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO), to raise awareness about the treatment, prevention, prevalence and diagnosis of this disease or disorder.
Digestive disorders affect millions of people around the world. They cover a variety of illnesses ranging from mild to severe. Some common digestive disorders include gastroesophageal reflux disease, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, and hiatal hernia.
Common Digestive Disorders You Should Know About
1. GERD and Acid Reflux
According to the Mayo Clinic, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid repeatedly backs up into the tube that connects your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwashing (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of the esophagus. Many people experience acid reflux from time to time.
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Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in the gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just below your liver. The gallbladder contains a digestive fluid called bile that is released into the small intestine, states the Mayo Clinic.
3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The National Institute of Health states that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of symptoms that occur together, including repeated pain in the abdomen and changes in bowel movements, which may be diarrhea, constipation, or both. With IBS, you have these symptoms without visible signs of damage or disease in your digestive tract.
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The Cleveland Clinic reports that diverticulitis is a complication that can affect people with diverticulosis, with small pockets inside the colon. If one of the pockets becomes injured or infected, it can cause inflammation on the inside. If you have sharp pain in your left lower abdominal quadrant, it could be diverticulitis.
5. Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes tissue swelling (inflammation) in the digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition, according to the Mayo Clinic.
(Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.)
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