Fatty Liver – What Does It Mean?

Fatty Liver – What Does It Mean?

Your doctor has diagnosed you with a fatty liver. It’s a diagnosis many people don’t fully understand. While the condition may not be harmful in some individuals, in others it can lead to more severe forms of liver damage. It occurs when your body cannot properly process the excess calories you consume and the excess fat that is thereby generated, and fats inappropriately builds up in liver cells. A liver specialist at Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia will tell you how severe the condition is, based on test results, and will recommend appropriate treatment methods.

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Doctor Holding a colon Cancer Sign

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It is important because it provides opportunities for you to educate yourself and others about this disease, screening methods, and preventative measures. Regular colon cancer screenings are encouraged because six out of 10 deaths can be prevented, if all people 50 and older were tested, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia offers comprehensive colon cancer screenings. A colonoscopy is the gold standard screening tool for colon cancer and is able to diagnose and treat pre-cancerous lesions known as polyps. Still, it’s important to get the word out because many people are unaware of the risk and the testing options available. Here is an overview, details on how you can get involved, and insights on lowering your risk of developing this fatal disease.

The Importance of Colonoscopy and Colon Cancer Screening

A colonoscopy is a common procedure done to help detect colon cancer and other abnormalities in the large intestine. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 15 million colonoscopies were performed in the U.S. in 2012.1 The procedure is recommended for people over age 50, but it may be done in younger patients if they have a personal or family history of disease.2 This test is also done to evaluate a range of lower gastrointestinal symptoms, such as anemia, pain, bleeding, or a change in bowel habits, or for general cancer screening.

Clinical Research Trials by GI Specialists of Georgia

Clinical research may involve healthy volunteers or patients with specific illnesses. Sometimes it focuses on prevention, but other times it involves studying the effects of new therapies. Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia conducts various studies, or clinical trials, for diseases such as NASH, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and Clostridium difficule, or C. diff.

Clinical Research Trials

A clinical trial takes the research beyond a medical laboratory. Clinical studies observe volunteers in a normal setting and use data from medical exams and tests, as well as questionnaires, to measure changes over time. A clinical trial differs in that it evaluates how a drug, diet, surgical procedure, medical device, or behavioral intervention is more or less effective/harmful than standard treatments.