The link between high levels of gut bacteria and restless legs syndrome


Bacteria and Restless Legs Syndrome In Brooklyn NY

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that affects an estimated one in 10 Americans. Even though RLS was first described as far back as 1672, many patients with the condition, unfortunately, struggle to find a doctor who recognizes it and takes their symptoms seriously. At Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Alexander Shapsis is committed to staying up-to-date on the latest research on the link between gastrointestinal issues and other diseases. Read on to learn more about the potential link between high levels of gut bacteria and restless legs syndrome, which may be an important key in unlocking … Continue reading

Does high fructose corn syrup cause GI diseases? Gastroenterologist weighs in


Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Cause GI Diseases? Answer by Doctor In Brooklyn, NY

It can be all too easy to pick up packaged, processed foods instead of preparing home-cooked meals from fresh ingredients in today’s busy world. They are undeniably convenient and are often quite delicious! However, patients have increasingly begun to question the role of processed foods in their diet, particularly if they are experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is one of the most common ingredients found in packaged foods, which can lead patients to ask, “Is high fructose corn syrup bad for you? Does it cause GI diseases?” Dr. Alexander Shapsis, a gastroenterologist in Brooklyn, New York, weighs in. … Continue reading

Today’s research on the connection between IBS and Atopic Dermatitis informs of future therapies


Connection Between Atopic Dermatitis and IBS at Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn Area

“Atopic” refers to allergies, while “dermatitis” refers to rashes. Atopic Dermatitis (AD) as a form of eczema is characterized partly by rashes and allergic reactions or sensitivities triggered by harsh detergents, dust mites, pollens, and other environmental allergens and irritants. So, why is a practice specializing in digestive disorders, like Atlantic Gastroenterology of Brooklyn, New York, talking about a skin condition? Our Board-certified Gastroenterologist, Dr. Alexander Shapsis, enjoys staying on top of the latest research related to the GI disorders that he treats. An exciting and growing body of research has found a meaningful connection between the development of AD … Continue reading

The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), skin connection and why it matters for your treatment


Connection of Irritable Bowel and Skin at Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn Area

When our Board-Certified Gastroenterologist, Dr. Alexander Shapsis of Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn, New York, gets your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other GI diseases under control, you may also notice an improvement in the condition of your skin! A recent Practical Dermatology article analyzed the ever-growing medical literature that connects the dots between IBS and inflammatory skin conditions such as urticaria (hives), Atopic Dermatitis (allergic eczema), and rosacea. These studies matter; the more we understand about the connection between the gut and the skin, the more therapeutic options can emerge for multi-disciplinary teams to effectively target these linked conditions. The … Continue reading

Doctor in Brooklyn, NY, discusses the link between problems with liver health and psoriasis in patients


Doctor in Brooklyn, NY, discusses the link between problems with liver health and psoriasis in patients

The function of your liver is incredibly complex, so it may come as no surprise that your liver can play a role in a wide array of diseases. Throughout history, psoriasis has been looked at and treated as strictly a skin problem. However, recent research now shows a connection between psoriasis and more complicated causes, including liver health. It is one topic that Dr. Shapsis and the team at Atlantic Gastroenterology have focused on because it is now being said that psoriasis may have a strong link to liver damage, and addressing liver damage can effectively treat psoriasis. What is … Continue reading

Diagnosing and Deciphering IBS, IBD, and SIBO for Patients in Brooklyn, NY


Diagnosing and Deciphering IBS, IBD, and SIBO for Patients in Brooklyn, NY Area

Dr. Alexander Shapsis is a board-certified gastroenterologist treating patients in Brooklyn, NY. He specializes in a wide range of treatments, including diagnosing and deciphering chronic bowel disorders such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Whatever your symptoms, he’ll partner with you to identify their cause, and together you’ll determine an effective course of treatment suited to your lifestyle. Symptoms and Treatments for IBS IBS or “irritable bowel syndrome” is a common intestinal condition. It can result in uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms, such as bloating, gas, cramping, and diarrhea. It’s a chronic … Continue reading

Gastroenterologist in Brooklyn Talks About how Abnormalities in Brain Blood Vessels Link to Gut Bacteria


Gastroenterologist in Brooklyn Area Talks About how Abnormalities in Brain Blood Vessels Link to Gut Bacteria

Dr. Alexander Shapsis of Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn, NY, would like to stress the findings of a recent study, which indicate how brain blood vessel abnormality is now being linked to gut bacteria. This link between blood vessel abnormality and gut bacteria was found in studies conducted by the Nation Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the NIH. In a study conducted nationwide, researchers who were funded by NIH have found that a presence of irregular bundles of delicate blood vessels in both the brain and spinal cord (called cavernous angiomas, or CA) can be linked to the makeup of … Continue reading

Reasons the number of those who practice a plant-based diet are growing in and around the Brooklyn, NY area


Health Benefits of Eating Plant-based Diets at Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn NY Area

Few things can be as societally polarizing as choosing between a plant-based or a meat consuming diet. Those who prefer a meat-rich diet love it and can often not understand why anybody would ever give it up. The truth behind a plant-based diet is that many choose it due to personal beliefs, while others choose it based on more scientific reasoning and believe it is better for their health. Dr. Shapsis and the team at Atlantic Gastroenterology would like to provide some information detailing some of the benefits of a plant-based diet and why it is good for you. The … Continue reading

Leading research traces a brain to the gut connection between stress and ulcers Brooklyn NY


Research Traces Brain-to-gut Connection at Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn NY Area

American neuroscientists, including those working out of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, have linked a connection between the stomach and the brain by studying the neural pathways which connect the two. A major find from these studies is an explanation of how stress can cause the development of stomach ulcers. If you are one of many who suffer from stress-induced ulcers and are in the Brooklyn, NY area, you should reach out to Dr. Shapsis at Atlantic Gastroenterology, a state-of-the-art clinic based in the New York area which specializes in all aspects of gastroenterology. It is a Two-Way Street … Continue reading

The Effects of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Including Micronutrient Deficiency in Brooklyn, NY


Micronutrient Deficiency in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in Brooklyn Area

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, is an umbrella term used to describe several conditions, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These diseases carry with them several significant health complications, including the risk of micronutrient deficiency. While there is no current cure for these conditions, Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team at Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn, NY, work with patients to help educate and understand the exact origin of their condition. Because these conditions cannot currently be cured, Dr. Shapsis helps patients find ways to make living with these diseases easier so they may live as normal a life as possible. … Continue reading


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