Diverticular Disease and Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease
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The human body is a complex system that often malfunctions. Many people believe that numerous diseases are a natural reflection of the body aging and cannot be avoided. The goal of my paper is to change this perception and demonstrate that healthy eating and active lifestyle can result in a healthy body at any age. Many diseases that occur in the digestive system or as a cause of complications in the digestive system are not preventable. There are a small amount of diseases that can be not only prevented, but also corrected by eating the proper nutrition or maintaining a healthy lifestyle such as Diverticular Disease and Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease.
Diverticular disease consists of the involvement of two conditions that are associated with the development of small sacs or pockets in the wall of the colon. These conditions are called diverticulosis and diverticulitis. To begin with, hernias in the muscular wall of the colon characterize diverticulosis. The hernias are known as diverticula and may appear anywhere inside the colon, but often in the sigmoid, which is the lowest part of the colon.
Similarly, diverticulitis is a condition of the digestive system that is a complication formed by diverticulosis. For instance, the pouches that are formed due to diverticulosis begin to bulge out; as a result the pouches become inflamed causing diverticulitis (Taylor). The reasons the small sacs occur in the colon are a result of muscles straining to move hard stool and pressure builds, causing weaker spots within the colon and eventually diverticula forms.
Specifically, it is apparent that the occurrence of this disease manifests in elderly individuals. Once someone reaches the age of forty the chances of developing th...
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.... With the proper nutrition and living habits, both of the conditions that were explained could be prevented and also corrected if it ever took place in an individual. Eating fruits, vegetable and grains is significant to restrain the complications of diverticular disease and exercising, eating smaller portions and losing weight can avoid gastro esophageal reflux disease. No matter the age, race, or environment a healthful diet and restorative lifestyle can result in a healthy body.
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