According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, some 60-70 million people have digestive disorders.
In 2010, 48.3 million people saw a doctor because of complaints about their digestive track. Of those 48.3 million, 7.9 million received a primary digestive disorder diagnosis via an emergency room visit.
During the same year, 21.7 million people were hospitalized due to a digestive disorder. In 2009, 245,921 people died from digestive diseases or episodes. In 2004, it cost $141.8 Billion to treat digestive disorders.