How a sedentary lifestyle impacts your overall health and wellness

Sedentary Lifestyle in Brooklyn NY Area

Did you know that according to the Obesity Medicine Association, a sedentary lifestyle, including physical inactivity and prolonged sitting, can lead to chronic disease and premature death? Dr. Alexander Shapsis, our Board-Certified gastroenterologist at Atlantic Gastroenterology of Brooklyn, New York, encourages his patients to be aware of their body mass index (BMI) and weight levels as they can significantly increase one’s risk of a host of chronic illnesses and complications. What are the dangers of sitting for prolonged periods? Many patients who visit Atlantic Gastroenterology have questions about how their sedentary lifestyle impacts their overall health. Adult men and women … Continue reading

EndoSlim: Shed weight, gain a new lease on life with safe bariatric surgery alternative

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty in Brooklyn NY Area

A Board-Certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Alexander Shapsis of Atlantic Gastroenterology, is on the leading edge of minimally-invasive interventions to support safe and effective weight loss. Dr. Shapsis may recommend EndoSlim as a low-risk alternative to Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy from his state-of-the-art clinic in Brooklyn, New York.  EndoSlim Also known as EndoSlim or the “accordion procedure,” ESG is a minimally-invasive technique involving a device equipped with a flexible tube (endoscope) and stitching or suturing capabilities to reduce the stomach size. The stomach walls are sutured to achieve a smaller, tubular gastric reservoir or structure. ESG is in contrast to LSG, a bariatric procedure that involves … Continue reading

Irritable Bowel Syndrome / IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome in Brooklyn NY Area

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food,” this famous Hippocrates quote dates back to 400 BC. While since then, the birth of modern medicine has outdated the practices of those times, this particular quote (and many others) from the man known as the father of medicine still holds strong and true today. What we eat and the decisions we make about what to put into our bodies make all the difference. For many, that difference translates to the quality of life and resolution of symptoms. When it comes to irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, the standard of … Continue reading

Research connects the dots between depressive symptoms and “gut” bacteria; it holds promise for better treatments

Human Gut Microbiome in Brooklyn NY Area

When Atlantic Gastroenterology supports “gut” health, we are also doing our part to protect the mental and emotional health of our patients in Brooklyn, New York City, and the greater Tri-State Area.  A study published in the online edition of Nature December 6, 2022, represents significant strides in connecting the dots between the human gut microbiome and risk factors for mood disorders, including depression. “Microbiome” refers to bacteria, viruses, and fungi, while “gut” refers to the digestive tract. As a board-certified gastroenterologist, our own Dr. Alexander Shapsis specializes in preventing, diagnosing, managing, and treating conditions associated with the GI tract … Continue reading

New research supports early evaluation and prevention of advanced liver damage among at-risk patients

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Brooklyn NY Area

Atlantic Gastroenterology underscores the importance of early screening to our patients in Brooklyn, greater New York City, and the Tri-State Area. Furthermore, our team, led by board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Alexander Shapsis, stays on the leading edge of research that supports proactive diagnoses, risk reduction and prevention, and early treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and other conditions.  Notably, a study published in the November 1, 2022, issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrates great promise for our ability to identify and prevent advanced fibrosis among first-degree relatives of those individuals with this form of liver damage. Fibrosis arises … Continue reading

Why might I need a FibroScan test?

Fibroscan Test Near Me Brooklyn NY Area

At Atlantic Gastroenterology, we use a number of different diagnostic devices to help our team provide the care patients need to improve their quality of life. Individuals concerned about the liver may be told they can benefit from liver elastography using the FibroScan test device. What is the FibroScan test? The FibroScan is a non-invasive test that uses ultrasound waves to measure the amount of fat in your liver. This test is used to diagnose and monitor liver disease, including fatty liver disease, hepatitis, and cirrhosis. The results of the FibroScan can help your healthcare provider determine the severity of … Continue reading

The importance of colorectal cancer screenings with Brooklyn area provider

Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines in Brooklyn NY Area

At Atlantic Gastroenterology of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team are pleased to provide a wide range of screening services for new and current patients. This includes colorectal cancer screenings. Colon cancer affects both men and women of all ethnicities and is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Many cancer patients may feel completely healthy, meaning it is more important than ever to be proactive about obtaining regular cancer screenings with a gastroenterologist. Our team is here to talk to you about the importance of regular screenings and the guidelines used to determine if cancer … Continue reading

What You Can Do to Prevent Fatty Liver Disease

Best Ways To Prevent Fatty Liver Disease Near Me In Brooklyn NY

Since 1980, there has been a prevalent increase in the number of individuals in the United States diagnosed with fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease, also known to the public as “non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,” is a condition that affects the liver. It is the result of fat buildup in the liver that can lead to symptoms such as unknown weight loss, abdominal pain and discomfort, and fatigue. Some patients do not show any symptoms at all or experience symptoms later on. While considered a benign condition for most, it can still progress to more severe problems such as liver … Continue reading

Gastroenterologist in Brooklyn Talks About the Connection Between Autonomic Nervous System and IBS

In Brooklyn Area Gastroenterologist Talks About Autonomic Nervous System

The medical community has been able to come to a better understanding of how the autonomic nervous system alterations can be linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Alexander Shapsis, a Brooklyn, gastroenterologist working out of Atlantic Gastroenterology, is one of many who like to talk about and pose questions surrounding the autonomic nervous system so that we can develop a better understanding of how this complex system works together. A Community of Microbiomes The autonomic nervous system, or ANS, is one of two major central response systems we all have, which react and respond to the stresses we all … Continue reading

Pain Relief Recommendations for Gastritis

Pain Relief Recommendations For Gastritis Near Me In Brooklyn NY

Gastritis is a condition that causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach lining. It can cause patients to experience daily discomfort and pain, including upper abdomen pain, bloating, and even nausea. When diagnosed, a professional in the Brooklyn, New York area will often provide patients with specific steps they can take to manage discomfort and find relief. Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team at Atlantic Gastroenterology work directly with patients to educate them on their condition and find ways to relieve the symptoms and improve their daily quality of life. What Can Be Done for Gastritis Pain Relief? If you … Continue reading

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