What is IBS?
IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects the stomach, mainly the large intestine. It can cause abdominal pain and chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both.
Who gets IBS?
Approximately 10-15% of the population worldwide suffers from IBS. In fact, it’s the most common GI disorder because it affects males and females, adults and children. While there is no cause or cure for IBS, there are certain factors that can make symptoms worse.
How to avoid flare-ups:
→ Alcohol irritates the gut and its lining and can cause dehydration.
→ Caffeine causes an increase in gastric acid secretion, which can have a laxative effect.
→ Dairy products are hard for most people to digest and cause bloating and gas.
→ Gluten causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and other symptoms.
→ High-fructose corn syrup and other artificial sugars are hard for the gut to break down.
When to see a doctor:
Many people suffering with IBS remain undiagnosed and are unaware that their symptoms indicate a medically recognized disorder. Keeping a food journal for one to two weeks may help you and your doctor identify factors that bring on symptoms or make your condition worse.
Are IBS symptoms causing you to miss out on life? Frequent bloating, cramping, diarrhea, or constipation are all signs you may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Our gastroenterologists specialize in the care of adults and children with digestive disorders. Don’t let IBS control your life, talk to us. Call 702-9310 or click here.