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Q: What Are Some Reasons I Should See a Gastroenterologist?

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  • Written By: Amanda Akey

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 on 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.