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Endoscopy could improve your life!

Simple, painless and a vital part of a health-conscious lifestyle, an endoscopy can detect many complaints and diseases throughout the digestive system.

Park Igls Health Retreat Tirol Austria Mayr Clinic Endoscopy

An endoscopy is an examination of the digestive tract from above (gastroscopy) or below (colonoscopy). After breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men, colon cancer is the second most common type of cancer for both sexes. In 95% of cases, there are benign precursors – polyps – but patients tend not to be aware of them. ‘This makes colonoscopies even more important for people aged 50 and over,’ explains Assistant Professor Franz Aigner. ‘Western lifestyle habits, which include nutrition, stress and lack of exercise, can also lead to bowel cancer. Early detection gives patients a much improved survival rate and a better quality of life.’

Haemorrhoids, reflux and Helicobacter pylori

Dr Peter Gartner, Medical Director at Park Igls, comments:  ‘Almost half of our patients suffer from haemorrhoids. One conservative treatment that I recommend reduces pressure in the abdomen with high-fibre, low-calorie foods that deal with constipation. Roughly a third to a quarter of our patients report that they suffer from some type of reflux, which used to be described as heartburn, although that’s actually just one of the symptoms.’ Switching to a diet based on Mayr Medicine reduces pressure in the abdomen.

Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium commonly found in the stomach that causes duodenal ulcers. A medication-based combination therapy with a 70-80% cure rate is recommended, since reinfection after successful elimination of the bacteria is extremely rare. Peter Gartner: ‘We don’t know if there is a link between Helicobacter pylori and diet, but we are certain that the risk increases with age. We also know that alcohol and nicotine stimulate acidification and the corrosion of stomach lining. Helicobacter diseases are also linked to poor oral hygiene.’

Change your lifestyle to prevent disease

Aside from risk factors such as family history and external influences, lifestyle is integral to prevention, symptom relief and healing. A healthy diet – rich in fibre, low in calories, with easily digestible evening meals and a break of three or four hours between eating and going to bed – is vital. As is taking good care of our teeth. Aerobic exercise such as walking, in combination with sensible stress management – which includes preventing constipation by taking our time over bowel movements – are small changes to our everyday lives that improve our health.