A variety of gastrointestinal diseases cause stomach problems, ranging from acid reflux to Crohn’s disease. Some digestive diseases can be easily remedied with a change in diet or with over-the-counter medications, but some can be life threatening and require surgery.
Since the medical community categorizes so many conditions as digestive diseases, the causes are also as extensive. In fact, some of the stomach problems actually cause other conditions when not correctly treated.
Even with such a huge range of causes, some risk factors are consistent for most digestive diseases:
- Bacterial infections
- Eating foods that irritate the digestive system
- High-fat diets
- Radiation therapy
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulceratie colitis
- Genetic diseases
- Alcohol abuse
- Abdominal trauma
- Medications—especially aspirin
Knowing the symptoms of digestive diseases may help diagnose a condition early. Florida Hospital gastroenterologists diagnose and treat GI tract diseases quickly to help prevent further damage and to relieve your symptoms.