Mild Gastritis, Intestinal Metaplasia
I just had an upper endoscopy a week ago due to dull, achy abdominal pain that has been troubling me for 6 months now.
Dr said that it appeared I have mild gastritis and intestinal cells growing where they normally would not (the intestinal metaplasia). I admit I was shocked... and scared!
There is no history of gastric cancer in my family or gallbladder disease. I am of normal weight (actually on the thin side), and I do not smoke or drink alcohol. I've always had a "lead" stomach and could eat just about anything... apparently until now.
I try to eat healthy (organic fruits and vegetables; plain, organic yogurt; organic chicken and beef; wild caught salmon) but I do eat grains and sugar - I should say sugar and fat together (i.e. cookies, cakes, chocolates; not straight sugar as in hard or chewy candy, soda).
GI Dr. said to repeat the endoscopy in a couple of years but nothing specific on diet. Yet I feel that there must be something I could do as opposed to feeling like I'm a 'sitting duck,' at least to improve my diet. I want to be as healthy as I can be. But I'm not sure where to start. :(