National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Digestive Diseases is the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
When you eat, your body breaks food down to a form it can use to build and nourish cells and provide energy. This process is called digestion.
Your digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube. It runs from your mouth to your anus and includes your esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines. Your liver, gallbladder and pancreas are also involved. They produce juices to help digestion.
There are many types of digestive disorders. The symptoms vary widely depending on the problem. In general, you should see your doctor if you have
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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