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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Health Center

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Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may last for a long time. But IBS doesn't cause cancer or shorten your life.

The pattern of IBS varies from one person to the next and from one bout to the next. Some people have symptoms off and on for many years. You may go months or years without having any symptoms. But most people have symptoms that keep coming back. It is rare for a person to have symptoms constantly.

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Got digestion problems, like irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, or gas? A "low-FODMAP" diet might help. Never heard of FODMAPs? It's a type of carb. But this is not your typical low-carb diet. The diet only limits carbs that are "Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Monosaccharides and Polyols." No wonder they came up with an acronym! For most people, FODMAPs are not a problem unless you eat too much of them. But some people are sensitive to them. FODMAPs draw water into your digestive tract, which could...

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Between 7 and 10 out of 100 people in the world have irritable bowel syndrome.2 But most people with IBS don't see a doctor about their symptoms.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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