What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 25-45 million people in the U.S. and is twice as likely to affect women as it is men.  Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that affects the large intestine. Unlike inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) does not damage the integrity of the intestinal lining, and it is not a risk factor for developing colorectal cancer.

What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

The causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are poorly understood.  It is believed that food allergies or food intolerances may contribute to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Offending foods may be chocolate, spices, beans, milk, and alcohol, although other foods have been implicated as well. Irritable bowel syndrome may be exacerbated during times of stress.  In women, symptoms may worsen around or during their menstrual periods. Dysbiosis and bacterial overgrowth in the gut can also lead to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

What are the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include gas, bloating, constipation or diarhhea, abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, and mucus in the stool.

What is the Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?