Blog Archive

Does Thanksgiving have to mean overeating? Nov 23rd, 2019

Your grandma’s dinner roll recipe. Your mom’s stuffing. And your amazing mashed potatoes. Along with turkey, cranberries and all the other fixings, you look forward to Thanksgiving for weeks. With all this deliciousness served only once a year, do you really deny yourself? Of course not! However, according to researchers...

Is It Your Grandma's Fault? Oct 31st, 2019

Your genes are what make you – you!  It’s why some people have brown eyes and some have red hair. Genetics play a role in almost every aspect of who you are but do genetics also play a role in determining your waist size? Weight loss seems simple enough –...

We've Done It Again! Aug 22nd, 2019

Distinction means patients get higher quality of care, better infection protection. Chicagoland -  For the third time running, Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®for Office Based Surgery Accreditation. Darrien Gaston, MD, FACP, FACG, noted, “Here at Metro GI, we are always looking for state-of-the-art...

NAFLD is deadly - but you can prevent it. Jul 23rd, 2019

Your liver is a vital workhorse within your body. 24/7, the liver filters the blood that comes from your digestive system, removing toxins and metabolizing medications, ensuring the blood that gets to the rest of your body is clean, and making proteins that, among other things, help to clot your...

Stop! Don’t throw that on the grill! Jun 19th, 2019

Let’s make a better choice for your health. For many of us, summertime means juicy burgers sizzling on the grill, thick steaks done to just-pink inside and ribs slathered with a sauce recipe passed down for generations. Unfortunately, eating all that red meat actually means you’ll be enjoying fewer summers...

Kate, Toby and the journey to Baby Jack May 16th, 2019

  If you are a This Is Us fan, you know Kate and Toby have struggled with infertility, a high risk pregnancy and baby Jack’s premature birth and resulting complications. While Kate’s weight has been openly cited on the show as a significant challenge, in light of the recent CDC report...

Research shows Weight Loss Procedures reduce cancer risk. Apr 22nd, 2019

Most people take care to avoid increasing their risk of cancer. They don’t smoke, they make sure they’re not being exposed to BPA in plastic and they don’t use certain types of chemicals to kill the weeds in their yards. However, most people are unaware of an enormous risk factor...

Make THIS the year. Jan 19th, 2019

How many times have you promised yourself this would be your time? That this moment would be the time your efforts stuck, that you succeeded, that you met your goal? It’s time to make this time thetime. Losing 50 or more pounds isn’t easy. It takes time, it takes effort...

I Should Get A Massage Where?! Dec 6th, 2018

You’ve heard of the benefits of massage on your back, shoulders, legs, feet, arms and hands, relieving tension and aches, softening muscles and assuaging pain. You may have heard that a head and scalp massage can relieve headaches. However, there is one part of the body that rarely gets the...

Weight Loss Procedures Can Save Your Limbs. Nov 9th, 2018

Type II diabetes, heart disease, cancers - you know that being overweight or obese is a significant risk factor for all these serious health conditions. Now, studies show that being overweight also increases your likelihood of developing microvascular disease, neuropathy, peripheral artery disease and critical limb ischemia, which can lead...

Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants Earns Better Business Bureau Accreditation Oct 23rd, 2018

GREAT NEWS! Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants and Darrien Gaston, M.D., are pleased to announce that the practice has met all Better Business Bureau standards and is now an Accredited Business.  Becoming an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau is an honor because businesses must meet demanding eligibility standards. “Accreditation in...

Weight Loss Makes You Feel Good - Inside and Out! Sep 10th, 2018

We’ve been told hundreds of times how achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is an incalculable benefit for our health. We know it lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of certain cancers, improves diabetes and relieves joint pain, just to name a few, because we hear it in health messages...

Your Amazing Digestive System Aug 14th, 2018

When you put a bite of food into your mouth, chew and swallow, you rarely think about what happens next. After all, when you’re finished swallowing, you’re finished with any conscious or intentional involvement to get nutrients into your body. Your digestive system, however, particularly your intestines, is getting ready...

American Cancer Society says do it at 45! May 31st, 2018

No one is quite sure why the rates of colon and colorectal cancer is rising so quickly in younger people, but the fact is more and more patients are being diagnosed at younger and younger ages. This week, the American Cancer Society changed its screening guidelines for this deadly but easily...

Britney does it. So do Kim and Gwyneth. Should You? May 8th, 2018

Non-medical colonic cleansing, also known as colonic irrigation or colonic hydrotherapy, has been touted for centuries as a way to get rid of toxins, prevent constipation, renew energy and lose weight. Proponents say that stool builds up in the colon and toxins from that stool are absorbed back into the bloodstream...

Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants Granted Recognition by ASGE, Leading Gastrointestinal Medi Apr 19th, 2018

Chicago, IL –  The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recently granted a three-year recognition for quality and safety to Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants and Dr. Darrien Gaston. This ASGE program is specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy and has been awarded since 2009. The...

Avoiding Opioid Addiction During Weight Loss Apr 3rd, 2018

Obesity damages our bodies in a wide variety of ways, affecting everything that keeps us functioning, active and able. The extra weight impacts our bones and joints, causing wear and pain. It constricts our lungs, puts pressure on our hearts and compresses our veins and arteries. Extra weight wreaks havoc...

Attn: Millennials - March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Mar 10th, 2018

Colon cancer screenings work! From 2000 to 2013, the diagnosis rate for colon cancer in people older than 50 dropped by 32%. This dramatic decrease is mostly due to the increase in colonoscopies and colon cancer screenings. Polyps are removed during screenings, before they can develop into cancer. Colon cancer’s mortality...

Easing IBS Symptoms Naturally - and Safely Feb 8th, 2018

For the 7 to 21% of people struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a flare up can have a huge impact on quality of life. Pain, diarrhea or constipation and bloating can mean missed days at work and skipping social events, causing a sufferer to feel isolated and depressed. Most...

It’s Not Too Late For Resolutions Jan 11th, 2018

We’re two weeks into January and, if you’re like many people, your new year resolutions are already fizzling out - or have been doused completely. Dr. Gaston is here to tell you - it’s not too late! Making resolutions can happen any time, and you can renew your resolutions at any...

Dr. Gaston is making colonoscopies and other colon screenings even easier. Dec 11th, 2017

Colonscopy prep may get all the complaints, but some patients feel that the gassy, bloated feeling after a screening for colon cancer or other colon-related diseases is actually a great deal worse. While advancements in prep materials have made getting ready for your screening easier, there is now also a...

Lose 40 lbs and gain $1,500! Nov 6th, 2017

Cancer. Diabetes. Stroke. Heart disease. Chronic back pain. Knee and joint pain. High blood pressure. The list of health complications caused by obesity - ruining your mobility, your lifestyle and your life expectancy - goes on and on. Dr. Darrien Gaston of Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants is committed to fighting the obesity crisis...

Why You Should Can It Yourself Oct 13th, 2017

There is a great deal of disagreement between Cook County and the Can The Tax movement. Claims of economic harm versus claims of better public services are difficult to resolve. And Dr. Gaston is not here to take a side in that fight.What Dr. Gaston will fight for, though, is...

The Best Way To Prevent Cancer Aug 7th, 2017

You know colon cancer is the cancer that is, by far and away, the most easily prevented, but do you know why?  Polyp removal really does prevent colon cancer, and when you follow the recommended guidelines for screening and re-screening, you only have the slimmest chance of developing it.What is a...

Signs You May Have Hemorrhoids Jul 11th, 2017

Hemorrhoids are surprisingly common. Could you be dealing with this rather uncomfortable issue?Sure, we understand that bathroom issues can be rather embarrassing and maybe not something you like talking about, but sometimes it’s necessary in order to figure out what is going on. Our Chicago, IL gastroenterologist Dr. Darrien Gaston...

Can you be healthy and overweight? Jun 29th, 2017

“My blood pressure is normal. My heart sounds great and so do my lungs. Does it really matter that my BMI is over 30?" In 2013, the American Medical Association designated obesity, having a BMI (body mass index) of over 30, as a disease. But questions arose around this. Is everyone...

Do You Have Anemia? 8 Ways To Tell Jun 7th, 2017

It’s the most common blood condition in the U.S. Nearly 3.5 million Americans are affected and women are at the greatest risk. It’s caused by a range wide of conditions and can cause a heart attack if left untreated. Anemia is the lack of enough health red blood cells or hemoglobin in...

Symptoms of Hepatitis Jun 1st, 2017

Would you know the warning signs of hepatitis if you saw them?Hepatitis is an infection that causes liver inflammation. There are five different kinds of hepatitis: A, B, C, D and E. There are many ways that you can become infected with hepatitis, from contaminated food to sexual contact (this...

6 to 20 times a day! May 11th, 2017

It happens to everybody. Gas is just a fact of everyone’s life. Bloating, burping and passing gas happens as your stomach and intestines digest the food you’ve eaten. During a meal, burping can happen as you swallow air along with your food. Flatulence, or passing gas, can be a little more...

Are you in the 80% - or the 20%? Apr 4th, 2017

Eating lots of waffles, pancakes, white bread, cold cereals, crackers and Cream of Wheat not only contributes to weight gain, it also contributes to the development of diverticulosis, which can cause painful and often dangerous diverticulitis.  Consuming this low-fiber diet means your colon must work harder to move food, causing pouches...

When Do I Need A Colonoscopy? Mar 15th, 2017

Everyone should know when to get a colonoscopy and how often they should be getting one.Getting a colonoscopy is probably not something you think about often until changes in your gastrointestinal tract seem to warrant it. Of course, getting a colonoscopy is something that everyone will need to do at...

Dr. Gaston's Patient Siblings Team Win $10,000 for Achieving Weight Loss Goals Mar 10th, 2017

Chicagoland Brother and Sister Team Win $10,000 for Achieving Weight Loss GoalsDr. Darrien Gaston’s SlimSmart Balloon helps shed 140 pounds. Chicago - A brother and sister from Chicagoland, Jamie Bedolla and Christina Bedolla, have won the opportunity to be national Success Stories for the Orbera Weight Loss Procedure. The announcement came...

Weight Loss Treatment Options Jan 27th, 2017

Losing weight depends greatly on the amount of commitment you have to your diet and exercise routine. However, if you have spent vast amounts of time eating well and exercising regularly and still have not reached the results you desire, you may need help from your gastroenterologist. Learn about weight loss...

It's Time! Jan 4th, 2017

With New Year resolutions and exciting life events all around us, January is the perfect time to implement changes. Perhaps you’re in a wedding (or having one yourself), going to a reunion or just have had enough of breaking your own promises about your health. Whatever the reason, getting off...

All Your Questions Answered! Nov 30th, 2016

When the United States FDA approved the Orbera Managed Weight Loss System in Spring 2015, the non-surgical procedure had already helped thousands of people in Europe lose weight, and keep it off. However, for Americans who suffer from the crush of obesity and related health issues like diabetes, joint problems and heart disease,...

Improve Your Health With Weight Loss Nov 15th, 2016

Weight loss is not only essential for your health, but also helps you feel good about your appearance. Sometimes, no matter how hardyou try, it's difficult to see a difference in the scales. Luckily, there's a minimally invasive way to lose weight and look great. Dr. Darrien Gaston, your Chicago,...

Lose Weight For American Diabetes Month! Nov 1st, 2016

November is American Diabetes Month and Dr. Darrien Gaston is celebrating by making it easier for you to lose weight and prevent Type 2 diabetes!American Diabetes Month raises awareness of all types of diabetes, but you may be wondering why Type 2 diabetes seems to always be in the news. Type...

Is Sleep Apnea Compromising Your Health? Nov 1st, 2016

To be at your best every day, you need between seven and a half and nine hours of sleep each night. Sleep apnea, strongly linked to obesity, is one of the biggest obstacles to getting the proper amount of restorative, non-REM stage II and stage III sleep. When you carry extra...

Hemorrhoids hurt - but removal doesn’t have to. Nov 1st, 2016

If you’re over age 50 or have ever been pregnant, chances are very good you suffer from some hemorrhoid pain. About 75% of men and women will experience hemorrhoids and the pain, burning, itching and bleeding that accompanies them. When you have chronic hemorrhoids, you know how life-altering they can be.What...

Dr. Gaston Offers Non-Surgical Orbera Weight Loss Balloon Nov 1st, 2016

Portion Control Tool, Ongoing Support Is Critical To Successful Weight LossBeverly-area gastroenterologist offers non-surgical gastric balloon. Despite ever-growing awareness and messages about healthy eating and exercise hammering us every day, the obesity rate in the United States continues to rise. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost...

Metro GI, Dr. Gaston Receive Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® Nov 1st, 2016

Dr. Darrien Gaston and Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants has long demonstrated a commitment to excellence and it’s just been confirmed - again - by none other than The Joint Commission.In August, Dr. Gaston received notice that Metro GI’s accreditation has been renewed for another three years. Dr. Gaston and his staff’s...

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Are you ready to celebrate? Nov 1st, 2016

It’s a classic “the chicken or the egg” question; do we exercise less because we’re overweight or are we overweight because we exercise less? This May, in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Dr. Gaston is here to help answer that question. Besides weight loss, there are many other...

FAQs about Hepatitis Sep 12th, 2016

Hepatitis is a potentially serious condition that causes inflammation of the liver. There are several forms of hepatitis, which can be contracted through a virus, sexual contact, alcoholism or an autoimmune disorder. The symptoms, treatment, and prognosis depend on the type of hepatitis, as well as other factors like the patient's overall...

Your Weight Loss Journey Doesn't Have to Be a Solo One Jul 18th, 2016

Are you tired of diet and exercise programs that just don't work? Is it difficult to change your activity level and eating habits because you have no one to assist you? Your weight loss journey doesn't have to be a solo endeavor. Losing weight with the help of Dr. Darrien Gaston...

FAQ About Hemorrhoids May 6th, 2016

You've probably seen commercials for cream to treat hemorrhoids and heard that it's an uncomfortable condition, but many people don't know what this common problem actually is. At Metro Gastroenterology Consultants, Chicago gastroenterologist, Dr. Darrien Gaston, diagnoses this painful, yet treatable for many of his patients. He answers some of your...