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Who is at risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

It is not clear what causes irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, but certain factors seem to make some people more vulnerable than others. Risk factors include:

Sex. IBS is twice as common in women as men. Researchers aren’t sure why this is so but they suspect that changing hormones in the female menstrual cycle may have something to do with it.

Age. IBS can affect people of all ages but it is more likely to occur in people in their teens through to their 40s.

Emotional trouble. Many IBS patients appear to be stressed, have a psychiatric disorder or have experienced some sort of a traumatic event, such as sexual abuse or domestic violence. It is not clear what comes first - the emotional turmoil or the IBS. Nevertheless, there’s evidence that stress management and behavioural therapy helps relieve symptoms.

Food sensitivities. Some people may have digestive systems that rumble angrily with consumption of dairy, wheat, fructose (a simple sugar found in fruits), or sorbitol (a sugar substitute). Certain things - such as fatty foods, fizzy drinks and alcohol - can also invite chronic digestive upset. There’s no proof any of these cause IBS but they may trigger symptoms.

Eating large meals or eating while doing a stressful activity, such as driving or working in front of the computer. Again, these activities do not cause IBS but for the hypersensitive colon they can spell trouble.

Taking certain medications. Studies have shown an association between IBS symptoms and antibiotics, antidepressants and drugs containing sorbitol.

Experiencing “traveller's diarrhoea” or food poisoning. There is a controversy over whether these events may trigger the first onset of IBS symptoms.

Talk to your doctor if you suspect you might have IBS. There are various treatments available for IBS with constipation and IBS with diarrhoea that may make your life easier.


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