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25 Million People Suffer From This Disorder

April is –

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

Definition & Facts for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. About 2 in 3 IBS sufferers are female. About 1 in 3 IBS sufferers are male. IBS affects people of all ages, even children.
  • Worldwide it’s estimated that 10-15% of the population has IBS.
  • Most persons with IBS are under the age of 50. But many older adults suffer as well.
  • The exact cause of IBS is not known. (Read more here)

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of symptoms—including pain or discomfort in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movement patterns—that occur together. Doctors call IBS a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. Functional GI disorders happen when your GI tract behaves in an abnormal way without evidence of damage due to a disease.

What are the four types of IBS?

Doctors often classify IBS into one of four types based on your usual stool consistency. These types are important because they affect the types of treatment that are most likely to improve your symptoms.

The four types of IBS are

  • IBS with constipation, or IBS-C
    • hard or lumpy stools at least 25 percent of the time
    • loose or watery stools less than 25 percent of the time
  • IBS with diarrhea, or IBS-D
    • loose or watery stools at least 25 percent of the time
    • hard or lumpy stools less than 25 percent of the time
  • Mixed IBS, or IBS-M
    • hard or lumpy stools at least 25 percent of the time
    • loose or watery stools at least 25 percent of the time
  • Unsubtyped IBS, or IBS-U
    • hard or lumpy stools less than 25 percent of the time
    • loose or watery stools less than 25 percent of the time

(Read more HERE)

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