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Are women at a higher risk for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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Approximately twice as many women as men have IBS. It’s not clear why, but some researchers think the changing hormones in the menstrual cycle may have something to do with it.

SOURCES: 

American College of Gastroenterology. 

Medscape: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome"

Medscape: "Consensus Report: Clinical Trial Guidelines for Pharmacological Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." 

Medscape: "Irritable bowel-type symptoms in HMO examinees." 

Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist, Montefiore Medical Center, New York. 

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author, .  American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion

National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

Somerset Medical Center.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC).

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES: 

American College of Gastroenterology. 

Medscape: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome"

Medscape: "Consensus Report: Clinical Trial Guidelines for Pharmacological Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." 

Medscape: "Irritable bowel-type symptoms in HMO examinees." 

Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist, Montefiore Medical Center, New York. 

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author, .  American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion

National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

Somerset Medical Center.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC).

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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