Lifestyle Tips for Managing Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) By Swarnjit Singh, M.D.

Individuals who experience chronic heartburn, usually two or more times per week, may have a condition known as gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Depending upon its severity, GERD may be treated with some combination of lifestyle and diet modifications, over-the-counter products, prescription medication, and in some cases, surgery. The follow lifestyle tips can be helpful in managing heartburn associated with GERD:

Eat smaller portions. This reduces the amount of time food is in the stomach, thus decreasing exposure of the esophagus to stomach acid.

Maintain a low-fat diet. Fatty foods often trigger heartburn, so choose lean meats and low-fat dairy products, while avoiding fried foods, butter, and oils.

Stay away from alcohol and caffeine. Alcoholic beverages, coffee, and tea can trigger heartburn.

Fruits and vegetables are healthy, but avoid acidic choices. Citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, marinara sauce, and cranberry juice are often heartburn triggers.

Finally, keep a diet and lifestyle journal. This may be helpful in identifying certain foods or behaviors that aggravate GERD.

About the Author: Swarnjit Singh, M.D., is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Managing Partner with East Valley Gastroenterology and Hepatology Associates in Chandler, Arizona. Dr. Singh has over 15 years of experience as a board certified Gastroenterologist.

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Colonoscopy: Frequently Asked Questions By Swarnjit Singh, M.D.

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Note: Swarnjit Singh, M.D., a board certified Gastroenterologist, has been in practice since 1997. He is currently a managing partner and Gastroenteroloy Consultant for East Valley Gastroenterology and Hepatology Associates in Chandler, Arizona.

A colonoscopy is an important routine screening procedure in which the doctor examines the inside of the colon and rectum for polyps and signs of cancer. The following are some frequently asked questions about colonoscopy screening and their answers:

Q. Why should I have a colonoscopy?
A. Early detection is an important aspect of colon cancer screening. Colonoscopy is the only effective way for a doctor to examine the inside of your entire colon and rectum, as well as biopsy or remove any polyps.

Q. At what age should I begin having regular colonoscopy tests?
A. Many people have their first colonoscopy at age 50 and repeat it once every 10 years; however, your doctor will make this determination based on your health history and individual risk factors.

Q. How long will the colonoscopy take?
A. The procedure itself takes approximately 30 minutes. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for the colonoscopy, which you will begin at home the day before.

Q. Will I experience any pain during the colonoscopy?
A. Most patients do not experience pain during the exam, because they are given a sedative to make them sleep through it. You may feel a bit woozy from the medication after you wake up, so you will need to have someone drive you home.

Complications are uncommon, but your doctor should thoroughly explain how the colonoscopy will work and what you might experience, as well as address any of other questions or concerns you might have.

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