Data show bariatric surgery can reduce health complications, lower costs and save lives, but some insurance companies will not cover the procedure or have restrictions and other guidelines in place that make it difficult for patients to get covered.
Recent research found that the number of hospital patients with intestinal bacteria called Clostridium difficile has increased by more than 10,000 cases annually. C. difficile has become more severe, developing resistance to some antibiotics that target colon bacteria, according to the study.
More gluten-free products are available in stores, but celiac patients also must adjust to eating out and preparing food at home. Experts advise celiac patients to stay away from processed foods and to substitute natural thickening agents and gluten-free flour when cooking and baking.
Experts say many digestive problems can be avoided by following some basic rules: Eat a healthy diet high in fiber and fruits and vegetables, eat meals slowly, exercise, and drink plenty of fluids. Experts also say ongoing digestive issues should be checked by a physician.