Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and nutrition

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An overview of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) outlining symptoms and treatments, including lifestyle changes that can help.

Key points

  • IBS is a lifelong condition with no known cause.
  • In IBS, the bowel does not function properly and causes symptoms like bloating, stomach pains, diarrhea and/or constipation.
  • The severity of symptoms is different for different people.
  • There is no cure for IBS but symptoms can be well managed. The first step is to find out what triggers symptoms.
  • Most people can improve their quality of life by making dietary and lifestyle changes, and taking medicines if needed.
Last updated: January 17th 2011