Surprising Things You May Not Know About IBS

Gut Health Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Probiotics

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April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month and here are some things you want to know about IBS!

Surprising Things You May Not Know About IBS

But firstly, here are some surprising things that you may not know about IBS.

  • Women are more than twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with IBS, and the disease is more common among people under age 45. [1]
  • Research has found that between 50 to 90 percent of people with IBS have mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, or panic disorder. Some people become so worried and stressed that their IBS symptoms will flare up and they avoid social interactions. Others may feel hopeless; they are unable to control their IBS symptoms and become depressed. Stress can worsen IBS symptoms, and IBS symptoms can cause stress, leading to a vicious cycle. [1]

Women are more than twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with IBS, and the disease is more common among people under age 45.
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Symptoms Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Abdominal or stomach cramping and pain that are relieved with bowel movements
  • Alternating periods of diarrhea and constipation
  • Changes in the frequency or consistency of stool
  • Feeling as if you have not finished a bowel movement
  • Gas (flatulence)
  • Mucusy stool
  • Bloating or abdominal distension
  • Feeling full or nauseated after eating a normal amount
  • Symptoms present for at least 3 months
Diarrhea constipation toilet

What Is IBS?

So what exactly is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorder that refers to a group of symptoms that affect the abdomen including abdominal cramping or pain, bloating, gas, and altered bowel movement patterns. IBS is a type of functional GI disorder in that the GI tract functions abnormally, leading to the symptoms, with no sign of damage due to disease. [1]

IBS can be severe for some people, interfering with work or other daily activities. However, IBS does not lead to more serious disease such as cancer, it is not contagious, and it does not harm the large intestine (colon).

The cause of IBS is currently unknown.

What Can You Do?

There is no cure for IBS, but there are many ways you can manage your symptoms. Treatments for IBS include prescription medicines and probiotics, changes in eating, diet, and nutrition; mental health therapy, and fiber. [1]

Probiotics available at SM Health Care Sdn Bhd

Bio-Life Imunix probiotics

BiO-LiFE Imunix (3x 10's)

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® 5mg
    Bifidobacterium lactis BL-04 4mg
    *Total count: 3 billion CFU
  • No preservatives, artificial colours and flavours
  • 1 capsule once daily with meal
  • Promotion price: RM 74.90 (20% discount)

Bio-Life A.B. Gold Pre & Pro prebiotics probiotics

BiO-LiFE A.B. Adult Gold Pre & Pro 30s

  • Lactobacillus plantarum LP01: 60.00mg
    Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12: 133.33mg
    Inulin-Oligofructose Powder: 2271.00mg (derived from Chicory Root) providing Inulin-Oligofructose: 2089.32mg
    *Total count: 10 billion CFU probiotics
  • No preservatives, artificial colours and flavours
  • Take 1 sachet daily before food. Mix the contents of the sachet with water.
  • Promotion price: RM 64.90 (18% discount)

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