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How would I know whether I am lactose-intolerant? Are there any tests?

This page from the NIH has a lot of relevant information about lactose intolerance. There are several standard diagnostic tests for lactose intolerance, but your physician might ask you to try ...
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Long term use of stomach acid reducers: Omeprazole or Ranitidine?

Before we discuss safety, I wouldn't agree that these two work 'equally well'. While ranitidine (a histamine 2-receptor antagonist - H2A) is a medicine with good efficacy, studies have shown that ...
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How much food is necessary to buffer the stomach when taking medicine?

As you mentioned in the side note, it really depends on the type of pill. Because there are chemical interactions between the food and the pill e.g. tetracycline and milk (tetracycline and calcium ...
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Long term use of stomach acid reducers: Omeprazole or Ranitidine?

Recent research results point to serious adverse health risks with the long term use of PPIs. These medicines increase the risk of heart disease, increase the risk of dementia and chronic kidney ...
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Do proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) shut down all the proton pumps in all cells across our body?

First of all, if you found papers that suggest certain unexplored side effects, it means the research is underway and it can very well be that in the next years we get new information about how drugs ...
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Do proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) shut down all the proton pumps in all cells across our body?

"Proton pump" is a broad category of proteins rather than a specific pump. The drugs called "proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)" to reduce stomach acid target a specific proton pump, ...
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how long can H.Pylori last if not cured?

Yes, of course. Helycobacter Pylorii is a gram- bacteria which live is acid envronment, like stomach or duodenum. Common thoughts are that since stomach is acid, HP should die during time. This is ...
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Where would the food go if the the stomach and spleen are both taken away?

The food normally goes from the gullet (esophagus) through the stomach (gaster) into the bowel (intestine). After the stomach removal (gastrectomy), the surgeon connects the gullet and the bowel, so ...
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Preventing NSAID-associated GI bleeding

There is convincing evidence that measures, like crushing the tablets before use, taking them with food or water, lower doses and temporary discontinuation of use, are associated with the lower risk ...
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Red colors food and impact on stool colors

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following can turn your stool red: Red food coloring, beets, cranberries, tomato juice or soup, red gelatin or drink mixes. A quick google search for "...
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Can a stomach endoscope miss a peptic ulcer

An EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) with biopsy has a sensitivity of 95% for diagnosing Peptic Ulcers. That means less than 5% are missed. Remember, this is on average. That doesn't sound amazing, ...
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Is stomach acid from healthy food different from unhealthy food?

Stomach acid does not react with foods in the way that it would form harmful chemical complexes. The acid affects pepsinogen - it helps to convert it in its active form pepsin, which is the enzyme ...
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Can Helicobacter pylori be transmitted through saliva?

The mode of transmission of helicobacter is unknown but studies show that people with helicobacter infections may have it also in their saliva. So, in this study, 75% had helicobacter identified by ...
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What are effective lifestyle modifications for gastritis?

To treat gastritis naturally there are some lifestyle changes you can do. 1. For starters, stop smoking and limit drinking. 2. Avoid trigger foods and eat smaller meals more frequently to avoid ...
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Neutralize bile in stomach

You can neutralize bile by bile acid sequestrants, such as cholestyramine or colestipol. However, these and other medications, such as H2 blockers and metoclopramide, may not be very effective (Drugs....
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Stomach cancer - as bad as it looks?

You said you went to google and found nothing. I find that puzzling because I went to google, typed in "stomach cancer" and found a wealth of info. Here's a sampling: https://www.cancer.gov/types/...
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Does drinking water constantly protect against coronavirus infection?

Such claims about drinking water to prevent COVID-19 also appeared online, but major health organizations do not support them. Health experts say drinking water every 15 minutes does not prevent ...
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Preventing NSAID-associated GI bleeding

Speaking from my humble experience, when prescribing NSAIDs (especially long-term, e.g. Aspirin as thrombosis prophylaxis) it is standard to combine those with PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors) as ...
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I'm OK with chilis and any kind of oil. But I can't take any chili oil. Why?

Capsaicin (the molecule responsible for spicyness) is a very lipophylic substance, meaning that it dissolves very easily and in great amounts in oil. It's not very soluble in water, however. When ...
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Is it true that acid reflux is caused by low acid levels in stomach?

It's neither. Acid reflux, according to Wikipedia, is caused by: ... poor closure of the lower esophageal sphincter ... (second paragraph) This in turn causes stomach acid to rise into the ...
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What is the best pH of drinking water?

The WHO says between 6.5 and 9.5, but mostly due to the pH's effect on operational water-quality parameters. Between 4 and 10.5, apart from possible irritation the effect on humans may not be severe: ...
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Why do you end up high on the Bristol stool scale when you are hungover?

The stool at the top of the image of Bristol stool scale looks as separate hard lumps (Type 1), which means there's a lack of water in it, which can be due to: Drinking insufficient amount of water ...
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Why HCL does not damage the walls of our stomach?

The stomach is protected by two enzymes, COX 1 and COX 2 (Cyclooxygenase 1 and 2). These are prostaglandin enzymes. From this article on NIH: ...both COX-1 and COX-2 either alone or in concert ...
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Will regular consumption of Probiotics cause side effects?

If we consider that the numbers of bacteria far exceed that of human cells then you will realise that bacteria are not necessarily harmful. Addictions require some type of immediate positive ...
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can I take pills before food?

They are referring to taking them with a meal (so in a real world sense you'd take them right after you sit down to eat). I'd suggest taking them as prescribed. Not taking your medicine with food ...
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Can cold water decrease fat in the gut area?

The basis for this is that drinking ice cold water will lower your body temperature a bit causing your body to react and raise it to compensate, this in turn expends a bit of energy. While the concept ...
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Can cold water decrease fat in the gut area?

No, it's pure nonsense. Fat is caused by eating more calories than you burn. Period. The only effect drinking water might have (cold or otherwise) is to fill your stomach and therefore cause you to ...
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Is stomach acid from healthy food different from unhealthy food?

Yes, there is a big difference, it differs in our metabolism, the number of enzymes and the time of digestion. Why? Let's break it down. Stomach acid is a digestive fluid, formed in the stomach and ...
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Why does exercise relief stomach pain/bloating

Exercise helps move the gas out of your body: the study found that walking helped move food through the stomach much more quickly. When the stomach empties faster, gas is able to move more ...
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Is breathing using the nose and diaphragm truly healthier?

just a short answer, since no-one has responded yet: Diaphragm Except from deepening your breath by expanding the volume of the lungs down towards the belly, the diaphragm is also involved in non-...
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