Understanding Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis, also known as iron overload disease, is a malfunction in the way iron is absorbed from the intestinal tract which causes the body to absorb and store too much iron.  One of the main functions of the liver is to store and vitamins, iron, and other minerals.  If too much iron is stored in…

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Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease where the body’s immune system attacks that cell in the liver which cases the liver to become inflamed.  Inflammation of the liver is referred to as hepatitis. Autoimmune hepatitis is usually considered a chronic disease which means that it can last for years.  This chronic inflammation of the liver can…

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Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)

Primary sclerosing cholangitis is a disease that affects the bile ducts in the liver.  “Cholangitis” describes the inflammation in the bile ducts, and “sclerosing” describes the hardening and scarring of the bile ducts as a result of the chronic inflammation.  Primary sclerosing cholangitis can lead to liver damage and eventually liver failure.   The only cure…

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Recommended Diet and Lifestyle for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the colon (large intestine).  Irritable bowel syndrome can commonly cause abdominal cramping and pain, bloating/gas, diarrhea and constipation.  IBS does not cause permanent damage to your colon. In many cases you can control the symptoms that are associated with IBS by changing your diet, lifestyle,…

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Microscopic Colitis

Microscopic colitis is a type of inflammation that occurs in the colon.  It can cause diarrhea or cramping.  It is much less severe than other types of inflammatory bowel disease.  Microscopic colitis is much too small to be seen with the naked eye.  In order to diagnose microscopic colitis a physician must perform a colonoscopy…

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