A Healthy Digestive System is Essential to Our Overall Health
Digestive health is one of the foundations of our overall health, and our digestive system is one of the most important systems of our body. When our digestive system is functioning properly, it’s usually something we don’t even notice or are not that aware of. However, when we have digestive problems, we start to take a closer look at this extremely complex system. Anyone with digestive issues knows how much they can affect your daily life and the ability to function normally.
The digestive system, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract, is separated into sections known as the upper GI and the lower GI, where the most common digestive disorders usually occur. Some of the more well-known conditions include heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and colon cancer.
Issues with our digestive health can range from mildly inconvenient to severely debilitating. It’s good to remember that even mild symptoms can lead to more serious conditions if they are left untreated. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to your digestive health, it is important to do the following:
- See a specialist in this specific field of medicine. An experienced gastroenterologist can most accurately assess your situation and help you achieve better health and a better quality of life.
- Get an accurate diagnosis based on your particular symptoms. During your appointment, the gastroenterology specialist will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and provide you advice, guidance and recommendations for your next steps. This is the important first step in determining what course of action is best for you.
- Make sure that you’re informed of all your treatment options. The good news is that, when it comes to today’s treatment choices, both the quantity and quality have increased greatly.
- Technology is to thank for many of the most up-to-date treatments, so don’t be afraid to ask about the equipment used by your doctor and medical facility. Be confident that you are being cared for using state-of-the-art techniques.
If you think you are experiencing any symptoms of the digestive system, don’t put off seeing a gastroenterology specialist. He or she can help you determine what your medical situation is and the best course of action for you.
The entire team at Hunterdon Gastroenterology Associates is here to help set you on the path to better digestive health, which means a better, healthier and happier you. Our practice in Hunterdon County is comprised of highly skilled experts who have been helping improve people’s lives for more than 30 years.
For your convenience, we have two Central New Jersey locations, in Flemington and Somerville. If you have a digestive health concern, please call for an appointment at (908) 483-4000.