Digestive disorders are abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract (GI) also called the digestive system. The digestive system is made up of the esophagus, stomach, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas, and the gallbladder. Food is broken down into smaller bits (nutrients) by this system. This system as important at is it to the body might be experiencing some disorders that don’t hurt but are silently causing some serious damage. Here are 5 common digestive disorders you might have and not be aware of:
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
This refers to long-lasting inflammation in the digestive tract. There are two common types of disorder namely Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis which are autoimmune diseases, meaning they are abnormal immune system reactions. IBD causes irritation and swelling, leading to diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, and weight loss.
Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS)
This is common abdominal pain that occurs at least three times a month for three months in a row. People often confuse IBS with IBD as the symptoms can be constipation or diarrhea. More than 15 million Americans suffer from this digestive disorder and the cause is still not certain. Treatment may include eating smaller food portions and avoiding foods that cause the above-mentioned symptoms.