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Late Life Bloating

I have a dear friend in her 80s who asked if I had any ideas why her stomach/gut is recently often bloated up so that she feels like she appears pregnant. I have experienced that, and I know many others do/have, as well. I did a run through the usual health-knowledge info online and found a number of possibilities. I am not a medical person, so I suggest that you take this information and definitely go to your trusted health care provider with any of the following if they might appear to be a possible explanation for your bloat. Stomach or gut bloating can be caused by various factors, and it can affect individuals of any age, including older women. Some common causes of stomach or gut bloating in older women include: Digestive Disorders: Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, or celiac disease can lead to bloating and discomfort in the stomach and gut. Food Intolerances: Some older women may develop intolerances to certain foods, such as lactose or
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