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Digestive diseases plague youngsters, say experts

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SMITHA N
Published May 28, 2017, 6:45 am IST
Updated May 28, 2017, 6:45 am IST
According to gastroenterologists in Kerala, nearly 22 per cent of patients who are treated for digestive disorders complain of acidity.
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KOCHI: The youngsters in Kerala are falling easy victims to digestive disorders thanks to the consumption of oily and spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol and chocolates. Doctors say that 38 per cent of patients in the age group of 20 to 30 have various gastric problems while 15 per cent tend to be non-compliant with prescribed medications. On the eve of World Digestive Health Day falling on May 29, doctors have stressed the need for seeking early and timely medical advice for digestive disorders. According to gastroenterologists in Kerala, nearly 22 per cent of patients who are treated for digestive disorders complain of acidity.

"They opt for the easier, over-the-counter medicine which gives short-term relief," said Dr. G.N. Ramesh, senior associate consultant, Medical Gastroenterology, Aster Medcity, Kochi. According to Dr. Sunil Mathai, senior consultant gastroenterologist, Medical Trust Hospital, Kochi, nearly 35 per cent of patients seeking treatment for digestive disorders complains of heartburn. But they experiment with self-medication and changes in diet for nearly four months before seeking medical help. When the sphincter between the stomach and the oesophagus becomes defective, the acid from the stomach rushes up and comes into contact with the oesophagus, causing acidity.

 

If the acid reflux happens regularly, the corrosive irritation by the gastric acid may lead to various complications. "Nearly 67 per cent of patients suffer from acidity during the day and the rest have symptoms at night. In either case, lifestyle and sleep patterns get affected," said Dr. Philip Augustine, chairman, medical services, PVS Memorial Hospital. According to doctors, non-treatment of digestive issues for a long time can, in very rare cases, lead to a potential risk of cancer in nearly two per cent of patients. Regular aerobic and cardio exercises can keep healthy body weight which will help in preventing acidity, say doctors.

 

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Location: India, Kerala




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