Probiotics are everywhere – are they all they’re cracked up to be? As a gastroenterologist, more and more of my Fort Worth, TX area patients ask me about the benefits of probiotics. Probiotics can be found naturally in fermented foods, but they are also infused into specific yogurt, yogurt drinks and packed into dietary supplements [...]
Patients tend to cringe at the word “colonoscopy,” dreading the 50-year-old birthday checkup to help prevent colon cancer. Nearly one-third of adults between the ages of 50-75 have never been tested for colon cancer. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Avoiding this test leaves you in danger [...]
The gut microbiome is the ecosystem of over 100 trillion microbes that lives in your gastrointestinal tract. This is more than some bacteria living in your gut – the gut microbiome has more genes than your genome, which has earned it the nickname, “the second genome.” This ecosystem makes up 90 percent of the total [...]
With March being Colon Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to help spread the awareness message in the Fort Worth, TX area that following the recommended screening guidelines are the key to beating this cancer. To further promote colon cancer awareness, I’ve created a list of common Colonoscopy FAQs to help dispel some misconceptions and educate [...]
If you’re struggling with digestive issues in the Fort Worth, TX area you might be wondering if you need to see a digestive health specialist, called a Gastroenterologist (or GI doctor). In most cases, my recommendation to those experiencing stomach pain or other digestive symptoms is to see your primary doctor first so they [...]
Texas Medical Association Leadership College physician Jay N. Yepuri, MD, recalls a moment when he realized that good patient care involves checking clinical lists for causes and symptoms, and also observing and talking with the patient to reveal what might be surprising issues.
During the holiday season, many of us in the Fort Worth, TX area succumb to over indulging in foods and spirits with family, friends and co-workers. To help avoid the holiday heartburn that many of us experience this time of year, Dr. Yepuri has created a list of recommendations that can help with heartburn and [...]
If you suffer from GERD and experience symptoms like constantly coughing, you could be a candidate for the Stretta procedure. “It is a great stop gap for patients that want to come off of reflux medications,” said Jay Yepuri, MD. The Stretta procedure works by using an endoscope to apply radio waves to the [...]