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How to Banish Belly Bloat

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When It's Time to See a Doctor

Sometimes bloat can be the sign of something more serious. Three conditions to rule out:

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)

Characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, and chronic diarrhea and/or constipation, IBS affects up to 15 percent of people in the United States, and about two-thirds of them are women, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. "A lot of women aren't aware they have it," says Spencer Dorn, MD, an IBS specialist and gastroenterologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Only about half of people with IBS see a doctor about it." Treatments include prescription meds and lifestyle and diet changes.

Celiac disease

About one in 133 people in the United States suffers from celiac disease, otherwise known as gluten intolerance. "When people with CD eat gluten, the tiny hairlike projections in the small intestines that absorb nutrients from food are damaged, causing abdominal pain, gas, and bloating," says Dr. Chokhavatia. The disease, which is diagnosed with a simple blood test, is easily missed because its symptoms closely mimic those of conditions like lactose intolerance; it takes patients 10 years, on average, to be diagnosed, according to the Celiac Sprue Association.

Ovarian cancer

Bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and frequent urination can be signs of ovarian cancer, according to the Foundation for Women's Cancer. "Ovarian cancer is rare in younger women, but these symptoms should always be checked out," says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2011.

 

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helen_farrel wrote:

Two months ago a good friend of mine recommended me a book about how to burn fat without following starving diets, by only changing foods and eating habits without needing excessive exercises. There are foods having good fats to burn bad fats on the body. I followed the advices in the book and I lost 15 lbs by eating normally but changing only what my body needs. I am very satisfied with the book and recommend to you as well. You may reach it at : www.fatburningfood.pw

8/20/2013 05:43:47 PM Report Abuse
pup2bill wrote:

I'm looking for an answer to this: I've been having problems with gas and have been seeing a doctor. But, I also thought I had to go on a diet because of weight I was gaining in the stomach. I found out what it was. It is gas bubbles causing the stomach to bloat. So, my question is if I did use one of the over the counter gas relievers, would that just take care of me having the gas problem or would it also help getting rid of the gas bubbles in the stomach too?

5/21/2013 11:36:16 AM Report Abuse
iakazi1 wrote:

WELL G'MEN: YOU COULD VERY WELL ADVISE AND 'APPLY' ALL YOUR DIETARY KNOWHOW RIGHT AT THE INCEPTION > WHY NOT BE GOOD ENOUGH TO ADVISE KELLOGGS ABOUT WHAT AND HOW THEY CAN MAKE THEIR FOODS - BEST - RIGHT AT THEIR POINTS OF MANUFACTURE ? THESE INCIDENCES COULD WELL BE PREVENTED - IN THE FIRST PLACE > RIGHT ? THE U S ; CANADA ; A N Z > ARE ALL 'ADVANCED' & NOT THIRD WORLD NATIONS TO IGNORE THESE HEALTH CONCERNS THEIR VOTERS FACE ! WHAT IS THE FDA DOING ABT THIS ?

5/13/2013 04:23:10 PM Report Abuse
pennyfrost72 wrote:

Good article! I've had so many "Shrek" days. I like how you explain undigested food making its way into the colon and causing bloating. The only relief I have found is with digestive enzymes like SciTrition No-Bloat. I guess they work because they help digest the food before it can get to the colon and cause gas and bloat?

1/9/2013 12:52:23 PM Report Abuse
helen_farrel wrote:

Two months ago a good friend of mine recommended me a book about how to burn fat without following starving diets, by only changing foods and eating habits without needing excessive exercises. There are foods having good fats to burn bad fats on the body. I followed the advices in the book and I lost 15 lbs by eating normally but changing only what my body needs. I am very satisfied with the book and recommend to you as well. You may reach it at : www.fatburningfood.info

10/24/2012 05:23:13 AM Report Abuse

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