James T. Sing, DO
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursScott & White Temple Gastroenterology
2401 S 31st
Temple, TX 76508
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Scott & White Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Providence Memorial Hospital
- Scott & White Memorial Hospital
What increases my risk for digestive diseases?
Robynne Chutkan, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredWatch as gastroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan discusses the factors that could increase an individual's risk for digestive diseases. Watch Dr. Robynne Chutkan's video for information on digestive disorders and gastrointestinal issues.
How does the body eliminate stool?
Bill Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredIn the large intestine, or colon, salts and water are absorbed from the liquefied food, leaving a semi-solid residue called feces (stool). Peristalsis moves the stool from the right side of your lower abdomen (where the colon begins) over to the left side of your lower abdomen, where the colon prepares for evacuation through the rectum. When food enters your stomach, an automatic reflex -- called the gastrocolic reflex -- sends nerve impulses into the smooth muscles of the colon, causing contractions to begin. This reflex is responsible for a baby's need to pass a bowel movement either during or shortly after drinking milk. The larger the meal and the higher the fat content, the stronger the gastrocolic reflex.
When the stool enters the rectum, stretching causes the muscles of the lower rectum and anus to relax so that the stool can be eliminated by defecation. The internal and external anal sphincters are located at the end of the rectum. These sphincters serve as gatekeepers that prevent unwanted passage of the stool and permit purposeful defecation.
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How long does it take a healthy gastrointestinal system to process food?
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates answered
An individual with a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) system will process food efficiently. The stomach and small intestine of a healthy individual will digest food in six to eight hours, and pass that food to the large intestine. The large intestine further digests the food, absorbs water and nutrients, and passes the undigested food waste into the rectum. An individual with a healthy GI system typically completes the digestion process in about 24 to 72 hours.
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