October 2011 Issue

Diet Spells R-E-L-I-E-F from IBS

Abdominal pain, bloating, discomfort, constipation, and diarrhea are the all-too-familiar symptoms that people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) must live with. The disorder significantly affects both the quality of life and productivity for an estimated seven to 10 percent of the U.S. population, making it the most frequently diagnosed digestive disorder. In fact, IBS is such a miserable condition, that a nationwide survey of IBS patients commissioned by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders found that patients often consult a series of doctors before being correctly diagnosed, and use nearly 300 different types of prescriptions and medications in an attempt to find relief.

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