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Is Your IBD Messing with Your Periods? A Gastroenterologist Says YES

Is Your IBD Messing with Your Periods? A Gastroenterologist Says YES

If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), talking about topics that other people may find embarrassing has probably become quite ...
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5 Things to Know About COVID-19 and Your Gut

5 Things to Know About COVID-19 and Your Gut

Did you know that COVID-19 can affect your digestive tract?  In a recent Time article, "Unusual Symptoms of Coronavirus: What ...
Tips to Prevent Spreading of GI Viruses in the Age of COVID-19: Advice from Digestive Health Experts with the American College of Gastroenterology

Tips to Prevent Spreading of GI Viruses in the Age of COVID-19: Advice from Digestive Health Experts with the American College of Gastroenterology

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) wants to remind everyone that with increasing scientific data suggesting the presence of the ...
Best and Worst Exercises for IBS

Best and Worst Exercises for IBS

“No pain, no gain”, right? Not when it comes to exercise and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Daily movement is an ...
Journey Through the Digestive System: An Overview

Journey Through the Digestive System: An Overview

If you have a digestive condition, you may know a lot about a single part of your digestive system. However, ...

Mind

IBD Patients and COVID-19: What They Need to Know and Tips for Managing Stress

IBD Patients and COVID-19: What They Need to Know and Tips for Managing Stress

Sara N. Horst, M.D., M.P.H, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, provided the following insight for IBD patients and their caregivers. Dr ...
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How to Keep IBS from Ruining Your Relationship with Food

How to Keep IBS from Ruining Your Relationship with Food

Instead of letting your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diet control your life and potentially ruin your relationship with food, follow ...
5 Ways to Manage Stress Through Journaling

5 Ways to Manage Stress Through Journaling

When you have a digestive condition, managing stress can be a key part of your treatment plan. While we know ...
Does Stress Cause IBS?

Does Stress Cause IBS?

Many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been told that if they could just stop worrying, their IBS would ...
Five Things Patients Need to Know About Opioids

Five Things Patients Need to Know About Opioids

Opioids were one of the earliest classes of medications used for pain across a variety of conditions, but morbidity and ...

Nutrition

Why Your Low FODMAP Diet Isn't Working

Why Your Low FODMAP Diet Isn’t Working

The low FODMAP diet is a temporary elimination diet that can help those with IBS control their symptoms. While the ...
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Dear GI Doctors, Please Send Your Patients to a Registered Dietitian

Dear GI Doctors, Please Send Your Patients to a Registered Dietitian

As a registered dietitian (RD), I love working with gastroenterologists to help our patients find relief from their digestive symptoms ...
4 Things to Do If Your Child Has Celiac Disease

4 Things to Do If Your Child Has Celiac Disease

If your child has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, you may be feeling overwhelmed with everything you need to ...
Nutrition for Gastroparesis

Nutrition for Gastroparesis

If you have gastroparesis, working with your healthcare team to help manage symptoms is essential. While medical treatment is usually ...
Ask A Registered Dietitian: Why is My Keto Diet Making My IBS Symptoms Worse?

Ask A Registered Dietitian: Why is My Keto Diet Making My IBS Symptoms Worse?

Gastro Girl's "Ask A Registered Dietitian" is a regular series featuring common questions answered by registered dietitians with expertise working ...

Lifestyle

Colorectal Cancer: Get the Facts

Colorectal Cancer: Get the Facts

Colorectal cancer is the number two cancer killer and the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States  But ...
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5 Tips for Navigating Life with an Ostomy

5 Tips for Navigating Life with an Ostomy

An ostomy bag is a pouch on the outside of the body that’s used to collect stool or urine. In ...
IBD Podcasts: ACG Experts Answer Common Questions on Diet, Fertility, Reproduction and Pediatric IBD

IBD Podcasts: ACG Experts Answer Common Questions on Diet, Fertility, Reproduction and Pediatric IBD

ACG experts answer questions on topics of most concern to IBD patients, their caregivers and loved ones. With an emphasis ...
Achieving Effective Patient-Provider Communication with Dr. Drossman

Achieving Effective Patient-Provider Communication with Dr. Drossman

One of the greatest problems that emerges with continually decreasing amounts of time that clinicians can spend with patients include ...
NEW ACG Monograph Updates Evidence-Based Info on Management of IBS, Including Dietary, Psychological Therapies

NEW ACG Monograph Updates Evidence-Based Info on Management of IBS, Including Dietary, Psychological Therapies

The American College of Gastroenterology recently published its latest Monograph on Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in The American ...

Caregiving

Taking Care of You and Your Family During the COVID-19 Crisis

Taking Care of You and Your Family During the COVID-19 Crisis

Gastro Girl is committed to empowering patients and their caregivers with news  and information from trusted, credible sources. Please see ...
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6 Self-Care Strategies for Caregivers

6 Self-Care Strategies for Caregivers

If you are a caregiver to someone with a digestive condition, the mental and emotional strain can be a heavy ...
4 Ways to Support Someone Living with IBD

4 Ways to Support Someone Living with IBD

Having a friend, family, member or significant other with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can make you feel helpless. You want ...
4 Things to Do If Your Child Has Celiac Disease

4 Things to Do If Your Child Has Celiac Disease

If your child has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, you may be feeling overwhelmed with everything you need to ...
Patient Voices: Living with Gastroparesis: A Little Hope Goes a Long Way

Patient Voices: Living with Gastroparesis: A Little Hope Goes a Long Way

This article first appeared in the The American College of Gastroenterology Blog.  Diagnosed 12 years ago with idiopathic gastroparesis at ...

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