Digestive diseases involve disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The digestive tract is composed of the esophagus, stomach, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. During digestion, food and drink are broken down into nutrients that the body can absorb and use as energy and building blocks for cells.
A digestive disease is any health problem that occurs in the digestive tract. Conditions may range from mild to serious. Some common problems include: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, and anal fissures.
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According to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, approximately 270,000 Canadians have an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In the United States, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of