How Dangerous is Overeating?

Although toxicologists usually have a lot of work to do to save alcohol lovers after long holiday weekends, overworked patients also seek medical help. More than a dozen adults and children have needed the help of gastroenterologists and nutritionists this year because of indigestion. Medical research laboratories in the first days of January also record an increased number of blood tests to diagnose liver and pancreatic dysfunction. Many people overeat resort to digestive drugs, try to treat themselves, and seek medical help only when the complications of the disease appear. How dangerous is overeating and what diseases can it provoke? This year, more than ever after the holidays, there are plenty of adults and children complaining of indigestion symptoms: heaviness in the abdomen, bloating and pain, biting, nausea, heartburn. After the big year holidays in January, the number of patients with alcohol and food poisoning, as well as allergic reactions due to excessive consumption of mandarins and other citrus fruits, is increasing.


In many patients, overeating provokes exacerbation of chronic diseases such as gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), reflux (increased stomach acidity), cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder). Some patients end up in hospitals due to poisonings and complications, making it dangerous to overeat and not seek help in a timely manner. What are the symptoms of indigestion that issue the most dangerous diseases? If you notice skin discoloration, difficulty defecating, or the bowels are too “loose,” you should not take your hand off and think that it is just a mild food or alcohol poisoning. It is often the case that these symptoms mask the exacerbation of chronic diseases and the person does not even know that he is seriously ill. Only after a while does hepatitis or even oncological diseases become apparent. Higher alcohol consumption during the holidays is inevitable. Which organs suffer the most from alcohol? All organs suffer from excessive alcohol consumption. Neither the pancreas nor the liver like alcohol. The daily rate of strong alcohol is up to 30 ml. Without significant health consequences, a perfectly healthy person can drink 150 ml per day. natural wine or up to two bottles of light beer. However, there is much more to drink and problems do not arise immediately.


For a long time, a person does not even feel that irreversible processes in the liver have started after drinking it every day. This is easily noticed in blood tests for liver enzymes in the laboratory, although usually, a person does not feel anything. Alcohol destroys not only the liver but also the pancreas, disrupts insulin production, which causes fluctuations in blood glucose, I often ask patients how they feel the next day after a party, a richer meal. If there are looser stools, feeling unwell, increased thirst, then I suspect not only the liver but also pancreatic problems. When it comes to digestive problems, the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is much debated. Some believe this bacterium causes digestive problems, other doctors say we all have this bacterium and don’t even need treatment. What's your opinion? There are some people who are carriers of this bacterium, but it does no harm to the body. For other people, this bacterium does a lot of damage. Helicobacter pylori affect the gastric mucosa, causes erosions and wounds in the stomach faster, and slows healing due to the bacterium. From my practice, I have noticed that this bacterium is becoming more resistant to antibiotics and harder to respond to treatment.


In addition to antibiotics, we also use bee pitch, some herbs well known in folk medicine, to fight this bacterium. Therefore, those with indigestion need to be tested for this bacterium and treated systematically. Many are interested in homeopathy, various herbs. What herbs would you advise to use for people who suffer from frequent indigestion? I would advise those suffering from indigestion to have a thorough check-up, do tests, find out the exact causes of the illness, and take treatment, rather than masking the symptoms with over-the-counter medications. For people who are diagnosed with the disease, I would advise adjusting their diet, not overeating, consuming alcohol in moderation, improving health, and constantly monitoring the course of the disease through follow-up tests. If there is an increase in diarrhea, poisoning, you can drink silver tea root tea. For those with lower blood pressure, St. John's wort and chamomile tea, which stimulates digestive processes, are suitable.


Constipation is relieved by dandelion roots, which also help the liver. Turmeric can also be added to dishes, which greatly improves liver function. Indigestion is becoming more common and plaguing younger people. We receive a particularly large number of such patients after the holidays with typical symptoms of indigestion. In such cases, we always advise performing blood tests that are important for the diagnosis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, which often allow us to anticipate the complications of diseases. Biochemical tests of liver enzymes are used for the primary diagnosis of the digestive system - AST (asparagine aminotransferase), ALT (alanine aminotransferase), ALP (alkaline phosphatase), GGT. It is also necessary to test for the presence of Helicobacter pylori, which causes gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer.


To assess pancreatic function, a pancreatitis test should be performed - pancreatic amylase. All of these tests are done from a blood sample and are available at any primary health care facility or laboratory. According to the Institute of Hygiene, in terms of mortality in 2014, diseases of the digestive system were in third place among women, and among men - in the fourth place after cardiovascular diseases, oncological diseases, and injuries. In 2014, about 5.6 percent died of diseases of the digestive system in Lithuania. of all dead men and 4.8 percent. of all dead women. The most common cause of death from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract is chronic liver damage.




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