Most people get a little embarrassed talking about their colon, however, NCH Gastroenterologist Ami Behara, M.D., makes it easy and comfortable to learn more about good colon health.
Three ways to make friends with your colon
1. Get moving and exercise
A large amount of observational data shows that regular physical activity (either occupational or leisure) protects against colorectal cancer.
2. If ya gotta go, ya gotta go
Do not suppress the desire to go – this can lead to hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding, constipation and bloating. When your body tells you it is time to have a bowel movement, head to the bathroom.
3. Eat a high fiber diet
A well-balanced, high fiber diet rich in foods like berries, brown rice, green vegetables and whole wheat breads ensures regular bowel movements and improves overall colon health. Beware to not OVERDO fiber, which most certainly can cause bloating.
Two myths about colonoscopies worth debunking
Having a colonoscopy is embarrassing. NOT.
When a patient comes in for a procedure, our entire team including nurses, technicians, an anesthesiologist and me do our very best to make sure that the patient has privacy. We are respectful and modest in our actions from the moment the patient arrives in the GI Lab until he or she leaves.
I should wait to have a colonoscopy until I have symptoms. NOT.
Please don’t wait to have a colonoscopy until you have symptoms such as rectal bleeding or abdominal pain. Many times, by this point it is too late. The vast majority of patients with polyps have no symptoms at all, and many patients even with cancers have no symptoms at the time of detection.
Dr. Behara is a member of the NCH Medical Group and board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. Her office is located at 199 W. Rand Road, in Mount Prospect. If you’re looking for a gastroenterologist, call us at 847-725-8640.