Q: What are some reasons I should see a gastroenterologist?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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A: Everyone should see a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50. African Americans and people with a family history of colorectal cancer should start at age 45. If you have new abdominal pain or heartburn that does not respond to over-the-counter medications, particularly if you are over age 45 or a smoker, you should see a gastroenterologist. You should also see a gastroenterologist if you have blood in  your stool. Lastly, see a gastroenterologist if you have abnormal liver function levels on routine labs in more than two or three occasions.
Nathaniel “Teddy” Winstead, M.D., FACP, FACG, AGAF
Gastroenterologist with Gulf Coast Gastroenterology
Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.