What increases my risk for digestive diseases?

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Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Gastroenterology
Watch 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.


Various lifestyle factors can increase your risk for digestive diseases. Smoking cigarettes, drinking too much alcohol, eating too much dietary fat, getting inadequate dietary fiber or fluids, having stress, and lacking exercise can all contribute to digestive disease. Other risk factors include contaminated food and water, unsafe sex, and having a family incidence of hepatitis B.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.
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