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What Are the Early Warning Signs of Liver Disease?

The third leading cause of preventable death in the United States is alcoholic liver disease. Unlike other types of diseases, warning signs that something is wrong with your liver are invisible in the early stages. Unfortunately, late-stage liver disease is complicated to treat. That is why it is beneficial to be aware of some very early signs. What are the early warning signs of liver disease?

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The Early Signs of Esophageal Cancer

Early signs of esophageal cancer are almost non-existent. Like many other types of cancer, it can sneak up on you and by the time it is diagnosed. In this case, oftentimes there has already been damage and it may have spread. Keenly note the risk factors that make you more susceptible to esophageal cancer, and then watch for any of the symptoms. Early diagnosis equals a more positive prognosis.

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What Is the Recommended Diet for Diverticulitis?

Diverticulosis is an inflammatory condition where small pouches form on the inside of the large intestine or the colon. Among other things, if someone becomes constipated or strains during bowel movements, these pouches can become irritated. Then the condition turns more severe, and is known as diverticulitis. Once that happens, eating becomes more difficult. What is the recommended diet for diverticulitis?

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What Can Trigger Crohn’s Disease?

What can trigger Crohn’s Disease? Many individuals may not be aware that this condition has specific triggers that can set off symptoms. It may come as a surprise that individuals with Crohn’s disease experience periods of remission, during which they are symptom-free, followed by the return of the disease, known as flare ups, accompanied by uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating symptoms. We will explain more about what this disease is and what can cause flare ups.

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Colonoscopy Guide: When to Prep & Making It More Bearable

Colorectal cancer is the second most prevalent form of cancer in the United States, however, it doesn’t have to remain this status through proactive measures. Regular screenings for individuals aged 45 or older have the potential to prevent at least one-third of deaths attributed to colon cancer. While most people don’t look forward to their regular colonoscopy, taking steps to understand when to prepare and how to make it more bearable can help alleviate your anxiety.

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Are Colonoscopies Painful?

If you have heard people complaining about colonoscopies and dreading another, it’s not about the procedure itself. Most likely they are complaining about the preparation on the day before the colonoscopy. You must clean out your colon prior to the test, and that can be uncomfortable. Pick up a package of medicated wipes to get you through the day. It’s not as bad as some people make it out to be. Now the big question: are colonoscopies painful?

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Do Hernia Symptoms Differ Between Men and Women?

Most physicians believe you have a greater chance of getting a hernia as you get older. This is true for both men and women. Hernias are weak places in muscle walls that allow internal organs to protrude. They don’t heal on their own and must be surgically repaired. However, becoming aware you have one can differ between the sexes. Do hernia symptoms differ between men and women?

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