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Irritable bowel syndrome compromises the well-being of those affected by it. Find out how to better manage it.
No one wishes to experience the intestinal discomfort associated with IBS. It can evolve from simple embarrassment to a very painful condition. Individuals living with IBS are well aware of this and can struggle with:
Symptoms can disappear for a more or less lengthy period, then reappear. Having a bowel movement may provide some relief. The intestinal discomfort associated with IBS is generally due to an imbalance which affects the digestion of certain foods—a decrease or increase of activity in the small intestine or colon may be responsible. Although it is unpleasant, IBS does not increase the risk of cancer of the digestive tract.
Irritable bowel syndrome can appear at adolescence or in early adulthood. It is found in about 20% of adults and represents a significant cause of absenteeism at work. There are several known contributing factors and triggers of IBS, including:
The most common food intolerances observed in people living with IBS are:
Making lifestyle changes is the first step towards better managing IBS symptoms. Here is some advice on symptom management.
Ask your pharmacist if taking certain supplements (probiotics, ground flaxseed, etc.) or medication (prescription or over-the-counter) could be beneficial.
Remember that your pharmacist is always there to help you and to answer your questions concerning any health issues!
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