Here’s to Your Health: Digestive Diseases

digestive disorders

A representative from Interim Healthcare will present a program – “Digestive Diseases” – at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8 at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Avenue.

Programs are presented at 10:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, each with a different topic. The programs are part of a lecture series called, “Here’s to Your Health.” The presenter will describe the more common digestive diseases, and questions will be answered.

Each year 62 million Americans are diagnosed with a digestive disorder. The incidence and prevalence of most digestive diseases increase with age.

Women are more likely than men to report a digestive condition, particularly non-ulcer dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Whether women truly experience more troubles with their digestive systems than men is difficult to determine, but since women visit doctors more often than men, they have a greater opportunity to alert their doctors to their digestive problems.

The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, also called the digestive tract—and the liver, pancreas and gallbladder. The GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus.

Digestion is important for breaking down food into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth and cell repair. Food and drink must be changed into smaller molecules of nutrients before the blood absorbs them and carries them to cells throughout the body. The body breaks down nutrients from food and drink into carbohydrates, protein, fats and vitamins.

Oak Park Arms Senior Living is a rental retirement community which provides senior housing in the form of independent living. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040