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How do digestive diseases affect the body?

Digestive diseases interfere with digestion and other organ functions in a number of ways throughout the digestive tract. They can cause dehydration, poor absorption of nutrients, general weakness, headaches, fever, blocked blood flow, and other issues. Digestive diseases can also affect people's behaviors, emotions, and general functioning.

Digestive diseases affect the body in different ways. Sometimes, intestines get damaged and stop working properly. This can be for all sorts of reasons. Some conditions stop the body from digesting food properly. Others block the intestines so food can’t get through. Or sometimes the walls of the intestines get damaged and leak. Any of these conditions are bad news for the body. It means it doesn’t get the nutrients it needs, and it can’t get rid of the poo. Blocked or leaky intestines are very painful, and can make people very sick.

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