9 Common Digestive Disorders


Stomach aches, gas, heartburn and other digestion issues can be uncomfortable, but fortunately, they usually aren’t cause for concern. Sometimes, though, these symptoms may signal a more serious health condition. When your digestive system is not able to perform properly during the process of digestion of foods, the result is a digestive system disorders.


Gallstones are hard deposits that form in your gallbladder — a small, pear-shaped sack that stores and secretes bile for digestion. Twenty million Americans are affected by gallstones, according to the NIDDK. Gallstones can form when there’s too much cholesterol or waste in your bile or if your gallbladder doesn’t empty properly.

Colon And Rectal Cancer

Cancers of Colon and rectum have so many symptoms and features in common that they are sometimes termed as colorectal cancer. The colon and the rectum make up the large intestine and the malignant cells found in the rectum and colon region of the body is known as the colorectal cancer.

In the U.S.A colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death. But the number of new cases of colorectal cancer and colorectal deaths has decreased due to the polyp removal procedures and sigmoidoscopic screening.

Diverticular Disease

Diverticular disease occurs in small saclike protrusions that bulge out in the lower part of the large intestine or colon. It is a disease of infection or inflammation in these saclike pouches known as diverticula.

Generally this disease is linked to a low-fiber diet of processed and refined foods. The incidence of diverticular disease increases with age, and according to estimation more than 50% of Americans who are over 60 years of age suffer from this condition. It is rarely found in people below 20 years.

Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) and Gastritis

PUD is an open sore in the lining of the stomach or upper part of the small intestine. It affects over 15 million Americans. Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining. These two conditions have similar symptoms, including stomach pain and nausea, and similar causes.


Diarrhea is an increase in bowel movement frequency. In this condition the sufferer passes watery stool which may accompany with greater frequency also. If it persists for more than two days then it may indicate a more serious problem.

Usually acute diarrhea is linked to viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection. Dehydration may be caused due to diarrhea which can be dangerous in older people and children, and it needs immediate treatment. Diarrhea can affect people of all ages.

Acid Reflux

Heartburn or acid indigestion results in stomach acid backing up into the esophagus to create a burning sensation or sour taste in the mouth. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affects people who suffer acid reflux symptoms more than twice a week. Acid reflux occurs because the lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly. Some people may get more bouts of heartburn from certain foods, but each individual has different reactions to particular foods.

Stomach Cancer

Also known as gastric cancer, stomach cancer often does not show symptoms in early stages. Helicobacter pylori and a diet consisting of a large amount of smoked foods, foods containing nitrates and nitrites, salted fish and meat, etc are some of the risks for developing stomach cancer. Its symptom is presence of blood in stool.

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

It is a group of chronic disorders including Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and proctitis. About 1 million people in the US are affected by this disease. Tissues in the intestinal tract get swollen and damaged in this condition.


The disease occurs when pouches in the large intestine become infected and inflamed, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Symptoms may include severe abdominal pain often in the lower left side of the abdomen, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or fever.

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