8 Factors That Increase Your Risk For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Published October 12, 2018 by

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder that normally starts in early adulthood. This condition affects approximately 20% of the population, yet no one really knows what causes IBS.

It is a perplexing disease for sure since we don’t not know exactly why someone experiences the symptoms, but research has identified a few factors that are known to increase an individual’s risk of developing IBS at some point during their lifetime.

Irritable bowel syndromeSymptoms Of IBS

IBS affects the large intestine, causing abdominal pain, gas, bloating, cramping, and bouts of diarrhea and/ or constipation. The symptoms can be continual, or stop and start over time and vary in severity.

Top Influential Factors for IBS

Being A Woman

There are lots of fun things about being a girl, but being twice as likely to have irritable bowel syndrome is definitely not one of them. Although the reason isn’t known exactly, it may have something to do with hormones. 

Your Age

Normally, people that experience their first bout of IBS are between their teen years and during their forties. If you haven’t experienced those symptoms by then, you may not have to deal with irritable bowel syndrome.

Stress And How You Deal With It

Researchers don’t believe stress actually causes IBS, but it can increase the frequency and severity of the symptoms. IBS seems to be linked to those who have had a traumatic event in their life. This could include domestic abuse or sex abuse.

Family History

Like most health conditions, your genetics are an important factor. If your parents or other close relatives had symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, then you are likely to develop it.

Sensitivity To Certain Foods

If you have trouble digesting certain foods like wheat and dairy, you are at a higher risk to develop IBS.  In addition, fructose found in fruits, carbonated drinks, fatty foods, sorbitol (sugar substitute), and alcohol can all trigger the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Mixing Eating and Stress

Many of us do this on a regular basis. If you are the kind of person who scarfs down food while you’re doing something else, especially if it’s stressful, it can trigger IBS. In addition, eating very large meals can increase the risk.

Certain Medications

Taking antidepressants and antibiotics seems to increase the incidence of IBS.

Having Related Digestive Issues

It has been found that if someone experienced traveler’s diarrhea, they are likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome. Traveler’s diarrhea and e coli come from mishandled and contaminated foods. A food poisoning attack can also make it more likely that you will experience your first IBS attack.

There are ways to manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you are experiencing any of them, contact GI Solutions of Illinois today.

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