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Woman holding her head and stomachMost of us are familiar with the term irritable bowel syndrome, a recent study concluded that the risk of developing it are less for those of us who live in sunny states. According to the online post Everyday Health, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which can be extremely painful and require surgery. The causes of IBD remain largely unknown.In this study, researchers analyzed long-term data collected from 238,000 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study I and the Nurses’ Health Study II, which were launched in 1976 and 1989, respectively. None of the participants had inflammatory bowel disease at the start of the studies. Compared to participants who lived in northern areas of the United States, those living in southern areas were 52 percent less likely to develop Crohn’s disease by the age of 30 and 38 percent less likely to develop ulcerative colitis.The study appears online in the journal Gut. The conclusion of the study was that the vitamin D absorbed from the sun may have an effect on the risk factor of developing the disease. Dr. O’Toole explains to patients during the initial consultation that any digestive disorders should be disclosed during the medical evaluation. This is especially important for abdominoplasty, and body contouring post massive weight loss patients. Postsurgical treatments and care include prescription medications that could  affect the recovery experience negatively is Dr O’Toole is unaware of the patients medical history. Patients should discuss with Dr. O’Toole both diagnosed concerns as well as non-diagnosed digestive concerns and issues. Patients who have treated digestive conditions with over-the-counter medications are still encouraged to provide that information to Dr. O’Toole prior to surgery. Dr. O’Toole’s longtime patient coordinator Sarah is readily available to work with patients throughout the entire surgical experience.


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