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How Common is IBS?

Incidence of people with irritable bowel syndrome has been estimated to be 1 in 5 Americans. That number of sufferers is currently increasing - cause unknown possibly diet or life style. Possibly the medical community is finally listening to its patients.

Many health care professionals think that IBS is not a common syndrome because many people do not report their symptoms. My doctor on hearing me say I had IBS but mostly under control - sighed and then asked if I was self diagnoses or if I had done any real medical tests. If a doctor did not diagnose it - it could not be. I have been diagnosed with both spastic colon and irritable bowel syndrome - both mean the same thing.

If you are dealing with IBS, you should realize that you are not alone with the problem. There are many others that have the same symptoms as you and are going through the same problems, including getting a doctor to take them seriously.

Certain demographics can be looked at in relation to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. For instance this syndrome is not separated by age or ethnicity. It can affect anyone during any point of their life. Children and teens have been diagnosed with IBS, as well as adults.

The one major difference in demographics is between females and males. About forty percent of the population with IBS is male, while sixty percent is female. Because there is no difference otherwise, it is important to make sure that you are able to monitor your eating habits as well as how your environment and other factors affect your digestive system.

One of the other factors to consider with the commonality of IBS is how severe the problems are. Since it is estimated that twenty percent of the population see a doctor about their symptoms, it is also estimated that those people have more severe symptoms.

It is noted that most people that have IBS do not have severe symptoms.  Those who have mild symptoms of IBS will most likely not go to a doctor or have their IBS treated. These people will seek information from many sources including the internet.  I would guess that most everyone knows someone who complains of Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms.

Some people will complain of chronic diarrhea or some will say having a bowel movement once a week is normal for them. Neither of these is a healthy condition.

If your body is eliminating food before the nutrients can be absorbed, you are suffering with malnutrition which in turn affects all other systems in your body.  If you are not eliminating food within 24-32 hours of consuming it, then you are building up toxins which affect all the other systems in your body.

If you are battling IBS, it is important to recognize that you are not alone with these symptoms. There are many others who have been diagnosed with IBS or have it as a mild syndrome. If you have IBS symptoms, you will probably want to find other people online who suffer from the same symptoms in order to compare notes and possible solutions. A trip to the doctor is a good idea also.

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