Category: Digestive System Disorders
There is a range of techniques can help you to reduce your risk of developing a digestive system disorder. These techniques fall into the broad categories of Dietary, Exercise and Life Style Guidelines; and Self Care Techniques. Both of these techniques are discussed in this article.
Lactose intolerance is where digestive diseases or injury to the small intestine render the body unable to digest lactase, which is a sugar in milk products. It is such a common digestive disorder that 75% of African-Americans and Native Americans are lactose intolerant, as are 90% of Asian Americans.
Colorectal cancer – which is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the USA – is a digestive disorder that is found in the cells of the colon and rectum (large intestine). As it is possible for cancerous tumors that are found in the colon and rectum to spread to other parts of the body, it is vitally important to catch colorectal cancer early.
When functioning as it should, the digestive system either breaks down the molecules of food and drink into smaller molecules, or it carries it to another part of the digestive system. Once the molecules are small enough for the body to be used to build cells or fuel the body, the digestive system (and the parts that aid the digestive system) then carry it to the cells of the body that use what the digestive system has been digesting.