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When To Be Concerned About Constipation

Should we be moving our bowels every single day? Should we do it at the same time every day? What if we don’t go to the bathroom for two days in a row, is that worrisome? The truth is, what’s normal for one person may not be for another. Let’s define what is normal and when to be concerned about constipation.  » Read more about: When To Be Concerned About Constipation  »


The Link Between Stress And GI Issues

Chances are, everyone reading this has had some stress in their lives either short or long term. There are deadlines at work, traffic jams, family crises, and let’s not forget about the past year with financial stress and health worries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have been experiencing gastrointestinal conditions lately, you might already suspect the link between stress and GI issues is real and can become chronic.  » Read more about: The Link Between Stress And GI Issues  »


5 Colon Polyp Symptoms That Should Send You Straight To The Doctor

Polyps usually grow on the lining of the colon, but they can develop anywhere in the large intestine. Most polyps are benign growths and have few if any symptoms. Overtime if they become larger, they can become cancerous, and certain symptoms will appear.  » Read more about: 5 Colon Polyp Symptoms That Should Send You Straight To The Doctor  »


Crohn’s Disease Triggers

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects approximately 1.4 million Americans.
It causes an abnormal response that triggers inflammation in the digestive tract.. Though Crohn’s disease is hard to diagnose, the most common symptoms include watery diarrhea, bloody stools, fever, abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue and low iron levels. Much like a lot of GI conditions, certain foods don’t affect people in the same ways. But, there are a few foods that should be avoided,  » Read more about: Crohn’s Disease Triggers  »


How Are Crohn’s Disease Symptoms Different Between People?

Crohn’s Disease is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that attacks people in different ways. It’s not the kind of issue many are likely to talk much about due to the debilitating symptoms and how it affects lives.
Because Crohn’s disease involves such a large swath of the gastrointestinal tract, the symptoms one may experience will be heavily determined by where the attack is centered. This is a large part of why certain people may experience varying degrees of symptoms,  » Read more about: How Are Crohn’s Disease Symptoms Different Between People?  »


Holiday Hours & End of Year Appointments

Can you believe we’re approaching the end of the year already? In November and December, our office will be closed on a few select days so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with family and friends.  » Read more about: Holiday Hours & End of Year Appointments  »


Digestive Health Services is Proud to Announce

It is a great pleasure to introduce GI Partners of Illinois, LLC to our many patients and referring physicians throughout the Chicagoland area. Multiple gastroenterology practices have united to form one of the largest gastroenterology specialty groups in the state, with many more groups committed to joining us in the near future. In partnering with the top gastroenterologists in the area, we have achieved our goal of providing the best possible care for our patients, in the most cost-effective manner.  » Read more about: Digestive Health Services is Proud to Announce  »


Colorectal Cancer Increasing in Younger People

Colorectal cancer is something that is typically thought to be an issue that only people aged 50 or older should worry about. While there has been a drop in the rate of new colon and rectal cancer diagnoses in those aged 50+, incidence rates are increasing for those under 50. Traditionally, routine colonoscopies are scheduled after the age of 50, but screening standards may soon change.  » Read more about: Colorectal Cancer Increasing in Younger People  »


How Smoking Affects Colorectal Health

Toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke are believed to damage DNA and tissues in the body over time which can cause an array of health issues. While most people know that smoking can have negative effects on your lungs, heart and other components of the respiratory system, many are unaware that it greatly impacts colorectal health.  » Read more about: How Smoking Affects Colorectal Health  »


Are Food Additives Linked to Colon Cancer?

Of the cancers that affect men and women in the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common. According to the most recent colorectal cancer statistics, over 136,000 Americans were diagnosed with the disease in 2013.Research suggests that the prevalence of this common cancer may be due in part to emulsifiers. Emulsifiers are additives that are used in most processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life. They are present in many of the foods we eat fairly regularly.  » Read more about: Are Food Additives Linked to Colon Cancer?  »