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April: IBS Awareness Month

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. The entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about this common but little-understood gastrointestinal problem by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder (IFFGD), a non-profit organization.

According to Healthline, this condition affects between 6-18% of people worldwide, and usually affects women more often than men. Some of the most common symptoms of IBS are:

  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating and gas
  • Difficulty eating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • A change in regular bowel movements
  • Increased stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Some combination of any of the above

People who struggle with IBS often find that it disrupts their daily routines because of constant discomfort. While it is not clear what exactly causes IBS, in most cases, a change in your gut bacteria, increased stress levels, or a change in diet could spur the disorder. Stress has not been confirmed as a sole cause of IBS, but it will worsen IBS symptoms.

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder (IFFGD), which established April as IBS Awareness Month, wants to increase the dialogue between people who suffer from IBS and their gastroenterologists. There is a stigma surrounding IBS because there is shame associated with the symptoms, but IFFGD seeks to break down this stigma so people can get treatment. Since 1997, the motto for this event has been “Don’t Suffer in Silence.”

Luckily, there are ways to treat symptoms of IBS. If you suspect that you might be suffering from this disorder, making an appointment with your gastroenterologist is the first step to feeling better. Often, they will advise a change in diet, greater water intake, and over-the-counter laxatives. They may also ask that you identify the stressors in your life and make a plan to reduce them, as this may alleviate some of your IBS symptoms.

Speak With a GastroCare LI Specialist Today

GastroCare LI provides gastrointestinal screenings – such as colonoscopies, capsule endoscopies, and lactose intolerance screenings – to help identify what may be causing your IBS. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced New York gastroenterologists by calling (516) 265-7049, or contact us online.

April is IBS Awareness Month

The team at GastroCare LI are here to remind you that April is IBS Awareness Month. The goal of this designation is to help sufferers of this condition know they’re not alone and that there is help available. Supported by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder (IFFGD), a non-profit organization, this month of awareness brings hope to all those suffering in silence.

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an affliction that includes, but is not limited to, symptoms such as abdominal or rectal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or any combination of these. To gain a better understanding of IBS, you’ll first need to understand some basic facts and helpful tips about this ailment.

How Food Can Help or Further Irritate Your IBS

Let’s start with the idea that a food sensitivity could cause this condition. The two main food allergy culprits in creating this illness are dairy and gluten. While taking a look at the food you are eating, also be sure to avoid foods that are high in sulfur like cabbage and broccoli, but don’t eliminate too many high fiber foods. The healthy fiber that you digest aids in the absorption of ingested contaminants that can irritate the bowels.

After taking a full inventory of the foods that may be causing this issue, you’ll need to next look at how you are hydrating. It can be a struggle to get going in the morning without that cup of joe, but evidence has shown that caffeine in the beverages you drink (coffee, tea, etc.) and even in some of your favorite foods like chocolate, can aggravate IBS.

 In addition to adjusting the foods we eat and the beverages we drink, you can minimize the symptoms associated with IBS by taking care of your body. Try adding slippery elm, marshmallow root, and L-glutamine to your daily vitamin routine to calm your ailing intestines. Also, try including some probiotics in your diet, which are the good bacteria that your digestion and immune systems need, to help manage your symptoms.

Contact the Experts at GastroCare LI

If you are suffering from IBS, Bradley Rieders, MD, Gautam Reddy, MD, and the team at GastroCare LI are here to help you. This April is IBS Awareness Month, so don’t suffer silently. Contact us at (516) 265-7049 to schedule an appointment with us today.