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Who Is Affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common intestinal disorders, affecting about 7 to 10 out of 100 people in the world.1 But most people who have IBS don't see a doctor for their symptoms.

IBS is twice as common in women as in men.1

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A Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) With Constipation

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation, you may feel too uncomfortable to eat anything. Yet it is very important to maintain a balanced diet for good health. Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Guide to Better Digestion, suggests enjoying all foods in moderation, and adding high-fiber foods to your diet gradually to help relieve IBS. "The goal is not to be unnecessarily restrictive," Bonci says, pointing out that some people with IBS give...

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Citations

  1. American College of Gastroenterology (2009). An evidence-based position statement on the management of irritable bowel syndrome. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 104(Suppl 1): S1–S7.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
Last Revised April 26, 2012

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Last Updated: April 26, 2012
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