Colonoscopy. When most people hear the word, they think about drinking a terrible tasting liquid and then spending the rest of the evening in the restroom. The preparation for the procedure is most definitely the majority’s least favorite part. However, colonoscopies are a necessary test to ensure our health. It is recommended that everyone receive one around age 50 and then every decade after that.
Nearly 50% of people avoid this potentially life-saving procedure. Doctors have realized that many avoid it because of the preparation and are trying to arrive at solutions to make it more tolerable.
The best solution to date for colonoscopy prep is to drink Gatorade in addition to MiralAX instead of the usual drink, GoLytely. Not only does it taste better, but those who drank it also reported less undesirable side effects afterwards. The electrolytes in the Gatorade help the patient to remain hydrated and minimized the bloating usually associated with colonoscopy preparation. The patient is adequately prepared for the procedure with the least discomfort.
Many doctors are hoping that this change in preparation will encourage patients to receive the procedure and prepare more fully. If a patient does not prepare well, there is a 1 out of 3 chance that the doctor could miss a precancerous growth. And with colorectal cancer as the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, doctors want to be sure they have the best chance at catching anything dangerous.
So, bite the bullet and schedule that colonoscopy you’ve been putting off. It may save your life.