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IBS Awareness Month

IBS

APRIL is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month!

IBS is a common gastrointestinal problem that affects ~45 millions of people in the United States and 10-15% of the population worldwide. IBS is defined as having recurrent abdominal pain at least one day per week in the last three months with the following symptoms:

            - change in frequency of stool

            - change in appearance of stool

Other symptoms include abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.

These symptoms are due to a disturbance between how the gut, brain and nervous system interacts. A good way to manage symptoms is being aware of one’s diet.

Low FODMAP diet is a type of elimination diet that may improve symptoms of pain and bloating.

Foods to avoid:

IBS is a long-term condition that has occasional symptom flare ups. Although it can not be cured it can be managed, therefore if you are having these symptoms please see your physician. 

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