Sure, we’re a little biased when it comes to our favorite doctors. Our medical professionals at Troy Gastro are some of the finest we know – and we have their wisdom to prove it.
Over the years, we’ve asked our docs so many questions about colon and digestive health, and they don’t disappoint with their answers.
Here are some of favorites from the staff at Troy Gastro.
Dr. John Weber on Quitting Tobacco
“Many diseases that people acquire are beyond their control. The risk of developing certain diseases, however, can be decreased by lifestyle choices including diet, exercise and nutrition.
“I think if patients understood the true financial and health costs associated with their tobacco use, then they might be willing to quit – or, even better, not start smoking.
“It’s not easy, but there are now many successful strategies available to help patients quit smoking.”
Dr. Kerri Bewick on Pregnancy and Digestive Health
“Heartburn can result from hormonal changes and increased abdominal pressure from the growing uterus. Increasing the fiber in your diet or taking a daily fiber supplement can help.
“Not all ‘natural’ products are safe. Some herbal products (including herbal tea) can cause harm to your unborn child. So be sure to check with your doctor before taking any of these substances.
“There are also some things to avoid, like caffeine, chocolate, fatty foods, citrus and peppermint. Avoiding these triggers can help prevent indigestion.”
Dr. Sante Bologna on Diverticulitis
“Diverticula occur at points of weakness in the bowel wall where the blood vessels penetrate.
“A diet high in total fat and red meat is associated with an increased risk of symptomatic diverticular disease. And dietary fiber is associated with a decreased risk.”
Dr. Anezi Bakken on Heartburn and GERD
“Heartburn is one of many possible symptoms of GERD. GERD means reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. Some food-related causes could be caffeine, spicy or rich foods, overeating, alcohol, tomato sauces or citrus.
“If you have heartburn every day you should seek medical care from a physician to identify the cause. Occasional heartburn from your trigger foods is one thing, but there is an increased risk for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer in patients with chronic and persistent GERD.”