Sunday, December 28, 2008

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Guidelines

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects millions of Americans. The symptoms can range from gas, bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhea, or a combination of these symptoms. It is estimated that IBS care costs up to $20 billion a year. Often present in young adulthood, IBS is twice as likely to afflict women as men.

While there is no cure for the condition, there are many lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and prescription and over-the-counter medications that can help sufferers of IBS manage the disease. Recently, new guidelines for IBS suffers have been issued.

The following article discusses the condition, and gives an outline on the new guidelines from the American College of Gastroenterology. Some of the guidelines outlined in the article are: IBS patients should be screened for celiac disease to find gluten intolerances, if IBS patients are over 50 they should have screening to rule out other bowel diseases or colon cancer, and IBS patients may want to try Bifoidobacteria, a probiotic that has been shown to help some patients.

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