Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disease of the digestive system. It is a functional gastrointestinal disorder that affects 6 to 18 percent of people worldwide.
IBS with constipation
IBS with diarrhea
IBS with mixed bowel habits
Irritable bowel syndrome can develop after a severe bout of diarrhea caused by pathogens like bacteria and virus.
Gas-producing foods like beans and lentils, gluten, fried foods, carbonated beverages and spicy foods are known to cause IBS.
A research study investigating IBS in 16-year-olds indicates that having asthma or food allergies at age 12 increases the chances of developing teenage irritable bowel syndrome.
Stomach cramps, nausea, loose stools, loss of appetite, abdominal bloating, weight loss and abdominal pain are some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Diagnosis is based on symptoms; exclusion of worrisome features; and performance of specific investigations to rule out conditions that display similar symptoms.
Experts have now developed second-generation biomarker testing for IBS using plasma anti-CdtB and anti-vinculin levels that can accurately reveal whether a person has IBS with diarrhea or irritable bowel disease.
Rifaximin, Alosetron and Linaclotide are some medicines used to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Talk with your doctor about possible side effects and what to do if you have them.
A strong partnership between a knowledgeable patient and an empathetic, knowledgeable doctor can produce significant improvement and control over symptoms for individuals with this condition.
Researchers found that patients with IBS or IBD who used the relaxation response (a physiologic state of deep rest induced by practices such as meditation) saw improvement in their quality of life.— The Harvard Gazette
It is not possible to prevent irritable bowel syndrome, but appropriate self-care may help ease symptoms.
One of the first lines of defense is to start a gluten-free diet. Reduce lactose intake; lactose is found in dairy.
Do yoga daily. Meditate daily. Include foods with soluble fiber in your diet. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Reduce ingestion of foods high in carbohydrates.
Studies show that eating foods rich in fat—particularly creamy or fried foods—can slow your digestion and lead to excessive gas, bloating, and constipation.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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