April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month

What is IBS?

  • IBS is a recurrent, long-term disorder involving the large and small intestine of the gastrointestinal tract. 
  • IBS causes disturbances in gut motor function and sensation leading to diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and pain.
  • Many gut related activities are regulated by the brain which is why IBS is often called a brain-gut disorder.

Facts About IBS:

  • IBS affects people of all ages including children.
  • Worldwide, 10-15% of the population has IBS.
  • IBS is not associated with an increased risk for life-threatening illness but it is associated with a significant health care burden.
  • The impact of IBS can range from mild inconvenience to severe debilitation. 
  • IBS symptoms vary and diarrhea can alternate with constipation. Long-term symptoms can disrupt personal and professional activities, and limit individual potential.
  • Treatments are available for IBS to help manage symptoms. Not all treatments work for all people. 
  • Although IBS is common in the general population, few seek medical care for their symptoms.
  • IBS can only be diagnosed by a medical professional.

Learn more about IBS by watching this short video.