Sadiya Cheshty, MD

Dr. Cheshty on the Women’s Digestive Health Center

Dr. Sadiya Cheshty

Dr. Sadiya Cheshty, Medical Director of the Women’s Digestive Health Center talks about the New Women’s Digestive Health Center and why it’s important for women to stay proactive when dealing with their health issues.

5 Steps to Improving Your Bowel Health by Sadiya Cheshty, MD

Headshot of Dr. Cheshty“Good bowel hygiene is key in achieving digestive health,” says Dr. Sadiya Cheshty. “Here are some simple steps to incorporate into your daily routine. These basic changes can make a big impact on overall health, benefitting all ages, both men and women.”

1. Clean Without Damaging The Skin
The most common ways of cleansing oneself after a bowel movement can be quite damaging! The skin around the anus is sensitive, so if it is not cleaned properly, problems can arise. On the other hand, overzealous or aggressive wiping due to fear of having stool left behind causes damage. Wipes contain chemicals that are damaging to the skin. The best way to clean is to wash after every bowel movement. Use mild, unscented soap like Aveeno. Use paper to pat dry.

2. Don’t Spend More Than Two Minutes On The Toilet
When you sit on the toilet for a long time, hemorrhoids will protrude and become problematic. Time on the toilet should not be spent catching up on reading, smartphone use or any other activity. Time spent sitting on the toilet should be two minutes or less.

3. Put A Stool Under Your Feet
The correct position for having a bowel movement is squatting not sitting. Squatting position straightens out the rectum. Straightening the rectum allows it to empty properly. Put a stool under your feet while on the toilet. This brings up your knees, puts you into a more squatting position and helps you to more easily pass the stool, preventing straining.

“Check our website for more GI health updates and individualized lifestyle modifications to improve daily life and overall health,” says Cheshty.

To download the full document, please click here. For additional questions or concerns, please contact Regional Gi today!

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Dr. Sadiya Cheshty on the Women’s Specialty Center

Regional Gi Gastroenterologist Lancaster Pa Dr. Sadiya CheshtyDr. Sadiya Cheshty is the Gastroenterology Director at the Women’s Specialty Center. The center focuses on women’s health. The Women’s Specialty Center provides just the right environment for women to discuss their health concerns. It is the only specialty center of its kind in the region, bringing personalized care in one beautiful, spa-like location. The center is exclusively for women, and run by women.

Cheshty uses a holistic approach, incorporating the latest advances in technology, endoscopic procedures and a variety of other therapies including lifestyle modifications to optimize digestive health.

Digestive disorders uniquely affect women. Certain GI disorders like IBS, reflux, and a liver disease called Primary Biliary Cholangitis are more common in women. Although for the most part, anatomically women and men have similar GI tracts, there are some notable differences.

One difference between men and women is the colon. Occasionally colonoscopies are more difficult to perform in women, due to a longer bowel and women tend to have more abdominal surgeries (Caesarean sections and hysterectomies) than men that may cause adhesions or scar tissue. I recommend women begin screening for colon cancer at age 50 and earlier if there is a family history of the disease or they are experiencing warning signs, such as a change in bowel habits, blood in the stool or stomach discomfort.

Gastrointestinal disorders including abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, reflux and irritable bowel syndrome disrupt and interfere with the daily activities and quality of life of many women. Women can suffer from disorders unique to hormonal fluctuations, surgeries, pregnancy and delivery. Each stage of a woman’s life comes with a unique set of experiences and challenges. Women are also more susceptible to pelvic floor disorders, primarily from pregnancy and childbearing. This may lead weakened to pelvic muscles and issues with diarrhea or fecal incontinence.

Hormonal fluctuations may intensify or diminish symptoms of certain GI disorders. Many women suffering from inflammatory bowel disease find relief from their symptoms while they are pregnant, while women who have never suffered from IBD may experience initial symptoms during pregnancy. Some common GI disorders are brought on by hormonally mediated processes. Many women taking birth control pills or during pregnancy can have reflux and nausea. Women being treated for osteoporosis experience intense reflux symptoms.

Fortunately, there are ways to maintain healthy GI function and alleviate digestive health problems. Not smoking, exercising and eating a well balanced diet are all good ways to keep the digestive tract healthy. Avoiding certain foods, including some that are thought of as healthy, can eliminate GI symptoms. In some cases, a minimally invasive office based procedures can provide a diagnosis and treatment.

Most GI disorders are highly treatable and women should be proactive in screening for certain digestive disorders and take control of their digestive health. I encourage women to take a proactive role. I encourage women to seek medical attention and adopt healthy lifestyles promoting wellness and prevention.

Regional Gi Gastroenterologist Lancaster Pa Dr. Sadiya Cheshty

Sadiya Cheshty, M.D, Featured in Lancaster County Woman

Originally Published in Lancaster County Woman.

Headshot of Dr. CheshtySadiya Cheshty, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist with Regional Gi, understands the challenges of women’s digestive health.

“Women go through life stages and events that uniquely impact their gastrointestinal system,” explains Dr. Cheshty. “Women have more abdominal surgeries than men, including C-sections and hysterectomies. In addition, pregnancies, hormonal fluctuations, and stages of menopause can all impact GI health.”

In fact, research indicates that gastrointestinal (GI) distress is more than twice as common in women as in men, and that females have a greater incidence of complicating factors than males. Digestive disorders, such as reflux, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating can disrupt and interfere with the daily activities and quality of life of many women.

To provide a more comprehensive and compassionate approach to expert healthcare, Regional Gi is providing women’s digestive health services at the (new) Lancaster General Health Women’s Specialty Center to help women find relief from gastrointestinal distress and restore digestive health in a supportive and comforting environment.

As an independent practice, Regional Gi is collaborating with Lancaster General Health and other providers in this new Women’s Specialty Center. The differentiating point of this center is that it is a unique specialty center exclusively for women, and the staff and providers are all women. In addition to Dr. Cheshty, healthcare will be provided at the center by a female cardiologist, female internal medicine physicians, and other female providers. The Women’s Specialty Center will have a multidisciplinary approach to care.

As she encourages Lancaster-area women to schedule proactive screenings and adopt healthy lifestyles promoting wellness and prevention, Dr. Cheshty notes: “Women are getting more in touch with their GI health, and there is a real need for women to have a place to go for digestive disorders.”

In addition to the new and existing patients Dr. Cheshty will see at the women’s center, patients continue to have the option to see her, or any of the other 14 Regional Gi gastroenterologists—at the other three Regional Gi sites at the Health Campus, on Oregon Pike in Brownstown, and in Elizabethtown.

With patient-care excellence as the driving force at Regional Gi, providing care at the new Women’s Specialty Center is yet one more way this practice makes patients feel comfortable as they are treated with dignity and compassion.

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Dr. Cheshty Featured in December Issue of Business Women

Dr. Sadiya Cheshty, M.D., is featured in the December issue of Business Women discussing Gallstones and UTIs and how women are at a higher risk than men.

“Gallstone disease is one of the most common of all digestive diseases,” says Sadiya Cheshty, M.D., of Regional Gi. “Recent data has estimated that more than 14 million women aged 20 to 74 in the United States have gallbladder disease. That is more than double the number of men with the condition.”

Click here to read the entire article online. 

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Dr. Cheshty on ‘Behind the Lines’ with Diane Dayton

Regional Gi’s Dr. Sadiya Cheshty recently had the chance to sit and chat with Diane Dayton on ‘Behind the Lines’ about  women’s digestive health issues and the Regional Gi Women’s Digestive Health Center, which is located on Good Drive in Lancaster, PA near the Women’s  Babies Hospital.   The conversation covers a number of issues that are unique to women, and also the importance of seeing a specialist to address those concerns.

Dr. Cheshty is the medical director of the Regional Gi Women’s Digestive Health Center which is ‘run for women by women’, and offers a welcoming atmosphere where women can go to discuss their specific health concerns with our all female staff.  Dr. Cheshty  is board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, and has special interests in women’s health, gastrointestinal cancers, hepatitis, and nutrition.

‘Behind the Lines’ with Diane Dayton airs locally on Blue Ridge Cable News 11