Bay Area Gastroenterology Identifies Ratio of Good to Bad Bacteria in the Intestine

Preventative Measures Such as Probiotics is on the Mind of Many Patients

Houston, Texas (Marketwire) – March 2, 2010 –Maintaining good gastrointestinal health is a goal of the physicians of Bay Area Gastroenterology. Many symptoms, when diagnosed at an early stage can be treated minimizing the chances of cancer and other disorders.

A hot issue currently facing Americans is the use of Probiotic drinks or yogurt to restore balance to the intestines. Diets high in processed foods and sugars, antibiotics in foods and fluoride in drinking water have an effect on gastrointestinal health.  When the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria is out of balance, the side effects include gas, bloating, constipation and difficulty in absorbing nutrients.

For optimal health, there is a delicate balance of 85% "good bacteria" that keeps the 15% "bad bacteria" in check and manageable. Micro-organisms such as E. coli, salmonella and Candida yeast have the potential to wreck havoc in the body when this balance is disrupted.
Probiotics are useful in that they feed the gut with "good bacteria" such as the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains. When these supplements are ingested, live bacteria regains its place in the intestine  resulting in the prevention of bad bacteria growth.

Dr. Syed F. Jafri, M.D., F.A.C.P. of Bay Area Gastroenterology knows that many patients have questions on the effectiveness of probiotics and if their use will have a positive impact on gastrointestinal health.

"Due to the recent television advertising of several probiotic commodities, many of our patients ask our opinion on these products," said Dr. Jafri. "We are always pleased to discuss preventative measures for good health and fighting colon cancer and other serious gastrointestinal diseases."

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Bay Area Gastroenterology continues to be a leader in encouraging early detection in preventing colon cancer. President Barack Obama recently had a Virtual Colonoscopy for screening of colon cancer and Bay Area Gastroenterology was the first Houston, Clear Lake and Pearland practice to offer this procedure in their office.

Bay Area Gastroenterology

As gastroenterology consultants, the Board Certified Physicians at Bay Area Gastroenterology specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer and ailments of the stomach, intestines, colon, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. Under the direction of our board certified gastroenterologists, the staff at Bay Area Gastroenterology provide state-of-the-art medical care and treatment.  Bay Area Gastroenterology’s affiliated Endoscopy Center has been recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control.

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Ravi S. Mani, M.D., F.A.C.G.
Nikhil Inamdar, M.D., A.G.A.F.
Syed F. Jafri, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Manish Rungta, M.D.
Sezen Altug, M.D., FAGA
Naveen Surapaneni, M.D., M.P.H.
Gabriel Lee, MD
Neha Mathur, MD
Sudhanshu Gogia, MD

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