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Men’s Health Week Special: Looking after your Digestive Health

When it comes to digestive diseases, men and women are both at risk. However, some digestive diseases are more common in men than in women. In this article, we will explore the impact of digestive diseases on men’s health and how men can take steps to maintain good digestive health.

Common Digestive Diseases in Men:

Colon Cancer – Although colon cancer is unfortunately a common cancer in both men and women, men are at a higher risk. Regular colon cancer screenings can help detect and prevent colon cancer in men.

Acid Reflux – Men are more likely than women to experience acid reflux, a condition in which stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. This can cause heartburn, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing.  Persistent reflux can also cause precancerous or even cancerous changes in the esophagus as well as ulceration and narrowing.

Pancreatitis – Men are more likely than women to develop pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. This condition has a number of possible causes including excess alcohol use, gallstones, or high levels of triglycerides (fat) in the blood.

Liver Disease – Men are more likely than women to develop liver disease, such as cirrhosis or hepatitis. These conditions can be caused by excess alcohol use, hepatitis B or C, or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Prevention and Management:

Maintaining good digestive health is essential for men’s overall health and wellbeing. Here are some steps men can take to prevent or manage digestive diseases:

Eat a Healthy Diet – A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help promote good digestive health. It’s also important to limit high-fat foods, processed foods, and alcohol.

Exercise Regularly – Regular exercise can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of digestive diseases such as colon cancer.

Quit Smoking and limit alcohol use – Smoking and alcohol are significant risk factors for many digestive diseases, including colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and liver disease.

Get Screened for Colon Cancer – Men should begin colon cancer screenings at age 45 – or earlier if they have a family history of colon cancer.

Manage Stress – Stress can contribute to digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and worsen the symptoms of other gastrointestinal disorders.  Managing stress through relaxation techniques, exercise, or counselling can help prevent or manage these conditions.


Digestive diseases can have a significant impact on men’s health. However, many of these conditions can be prevented or managed through lifestyle changes and early detection. By eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol use, getting screened for colon cancer, and managing stress, men can take steps to maintain good digestive health and overall wellbeing. If you’re experiencing digestive symptoms such as recurrent reflux, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation, it’s important to make an appointment to speak with me to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment options.

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