Friday, July 21, 2006

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (also known as 'Spastic Colon' ) is a very common condition affecting the intestines and bowels.

It is characterised by a number of uncomfortable symptoms including bloating, cramps, heartburn, diarrohea and comstipation. While it is troublesome and can cause great discomfort, it is not life-threatening, not related to cancer and does not cause permanent damage to the bowel.

In people who have IBS, the intestines squeeze either too hard or not hard enough and consequently can cause food to move too quickly or too slowly through the intestines.

Did you know? Up to one in five American adults has IBS and it accounts for one out of every ten doctor visits! Women are twice as likely to to be affected as males.

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