Find out about Irritable Bowel Syndrome
April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month: time to find out about treatments and health advice on dealing with IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month is a campaign running throughout April, raising awareness on the condition that affects 20 per cent of the UK.
IBS is a common ailment, with painful symptoms affecting more than a third of the population at some point in their lives. Many people will experience occasional discomfort and pain, while one in ten people suffer severe symptoms that are bad enough to seek medical advice.
Symptoms can include painful abdominal cramps, diarrhoea or constipation, or bouts of both plus uncomfortable bloating. Symptoms usually occur between the ages of 20 and 30, but they can occur at any age.
The exact cause of IBS is not entirely known, but it relates to a heightened sensitivity in the stomach, which could be linked to a prior illness or infection such as gastric flu, or simply to an intolerance of certain foods.
To tie in with Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month 2013, and in support of the campaign, we've put together some helpful tips and advice on how to deal with the illness. From recognising the symptoms, to changing your diet, we have all the information you need, so you dont have to suffer in silence. Just click on the links below for more information...
Is it Irritable Bowel Syndrome? How to check if your symptoms mean IBS
Eat to beat Irritable Bowel Syndrome Learn how to deal with the symptoms by changing your diet
The anti-IBS diet plan A way of eating to help ease IBS symptoms
The anti-irritable bowel syndrome eating plan Your seven-day meal plan designed for IBS sufferers
Best natural digestive aids for IBS Try these self-help remedies
Ask the doctor: digestive health Our GPs' questions and answers on al digestive matters
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