Managing IBS and Diabetes: Can Gastroenterologists Help?

When faced with the complications of what to eat for both diabetes and IBS, patients can turn to gastroenterologists for dietary advice and preventative medicine.  According toGastroenterologists Chicago specialists both diabetes and IBS can irritate the nerves going to the intestines and cause abdominal bloating and either diarrhea or constipation. This makes it difficult to discern which of the two conditions is causing the intestinal symptoms.

As poor food choices can result in many discomforts and complications, patients suffering from the two conditions have even more reason to maintain a healthy diet with complex carbohydrates and lots of natural fiber from fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. Working with a dietitian or nutritionist is a good way to determine which foods alleviate or aggravate a patient’s IBS and diabetes.

If you experience very severe abdominal pain, you may want to consider seeing a doctor for digestive tract examinations in order to determine if you have an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease. Wireless Capsule Endoscopy offered by North Shore Gastroenterology Chicago is a video technique for examining the small intestine and is a simple and diagnosis method when disease is suspected in the small intestine.

In addition, gastroenterologists advise diabetics to protect their liver as best they can as diabetes can increase risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which results from an excess fat build up in the liver even without the consumption of alcohol.  Obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, are other medical conditions related to diabetes that increase risk for liver disease. Liver disease Chicago specialists recommend gastroenterology check-ups for diabetics.

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