Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health

Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health

Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health

Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health


You may have picked up this book because you're bothered by a problem such as heartburn, abdominal pain or diarrhea and you're not sure what's causing it. Or perhaps you know what your problem is and you're looking for information on how best to treat it. Maybe you're searching for a way to prevent a digestive condition.

Your digestive tract is a complex, highly coordinated system that provides your body with the energy and nutrients you need to live. When you consider that your digestive tract extends from your mouth to your anus, and involves several essential organs, it's not hard to imagine how easy it might be for problems to occur.

Nearly everyone experiences symptoms such as heartburn, diarrhea, constipation or abdominal discomfort at some point. But because they're common, and over-the-counter medications may temporarily relieve them, many people don't see their doctors — or they wait too long. If you have recurring or persistent symptoms, don't ignore them, even if they're mild. Early treatment can prevent your problem from becoming serious, and it also increases the chance that your condition can be successfully treated or cured.

In this book, you'll find practical and easy-to-understand information on how your digestive system works, factors that can interfere with its normal functioning, and how you can prevent digestive problems. We discuss signs and symptoms commonly associated with digestive problems, and the conditions and diseases most often responsible. We explain common diagnostic procedures that doctors use in helping to identify the causes of digestive problems. We then devote the rest of the book to treatment of common digestive diseases and conditions.

Along with the advice of your physician, this book can help you enjoy life with fewer digestive problems.

John E. King, M.D.

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